THE teaching profession is critical to the economic and social development of the country, says Kitwe district commissioner Chanda Kabwe.
Mr Kabwe said teachers over the years have played a critical role in shaping the economy of the country by making sure education was enhanced both at primary and secondary level.
Zambia today joins the rest of the world in commemorating the World Teachers Day.
He said teachers have contributed massively to the well-being of people in the world because all those who have attained different academic qualifications have passed through the hands of teachers.
Mr Kabwe said teachers needed to be appreciated by all citizens in the country because they were the key drivers of the economy.
The district commissioner said the Government has enhanced the living standards of teachers as it could be evidenced through the improved conditions of service the teachers were currently enjoying.
He said at the moment Government teachers were well paid because they were the property of the State.
Mr Kabwe appealed to private schools run by individuals or companies to ensure they improved on the working conditions of teachers because teaching was a noble profession.
He said it was painful to note that some teachers in the private sector were poorly paid.
Mr Kabwe said that the owners of private schools should not abuse teachers by paying them slave wages that could not sustain their lives.
The district commissioner said teachers should be respected in society because they were important to the lives of learners both at primary and secondary level.
Mr Kabwe told the Daily Nation in an interview that teachers from Government and private institutions should continue to work extra hard in order to enhance education standards in the country.