By Kausa Mbasela
GOVERNMENT has saluted Kansanshi Mining Plc for sponsoring the first-ever primary teachers’ diploma graduation with a call to graduates to register with the Teaching Council of Zambia (TCZ).
Speaking during the Solwezi College of Education graduation ceremony on Friday, North-Western Province permanent secretary Ephraim Mateyo urged the 300 graduates to apply themselves professionally once they werere employed.
“I wish to bring to your attention that we now have the Teaching Council of Zambia (TCZ), whose mandate is to register teachers and regulate their professional conduct. We are using the same principle of driving; you can’t drive a car without a license.
“So I urge you to register with the council to help you refrain from unprofessional conduct that includes poor preparation of teaching and learning materials, truancy, dishonesty, arrogance, absenteeism, involvement in examination malpractice and other vices such as alcohol and drug abuse,” Mr Mateyo said in a speech read on his behalf by his deputy Alfred Chingi.
He also took cognizance of the challenges the college was grappling with and said as a result, the Ministry of General Education had appreciated the efforts made by colleges of education to improve their operations.
Solwezi College of Education should continue addressing its challenges as the ministry organizes resources to upgrade all colleges countrywide.
Kansanshi Mining Plc was on hand as main sponsor at the first Primary Teacher’s Diploma (PTD) graduation ceremony of University of Zambia (UNZA) in association with Solwezi College of Education in Solwezi.
In a speech read on his behalf by Professor Daniel Nkhuwa, UNZA Vice-Chancellor Professor Luke Mumba congratulated the college for the milestone achieved.
“Recording a score of 85.8 percent at first asking is no mean achievement and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the college for managing to do that.