1,000 teachers banned

By Staff Reporter

About 1, 000 teachers have been banned from practicing for forged academic and professional documents, the Teaching Council of Zambia (TCZ) has revealed.

The affected officers were discovered during the ‘teacher registration exercise’, which covered more than 150, 000 teachers.

TCZ Registrar Ebby Mubanga said those rejected were found with forged academic and professional qualifications.

Dr. Mubanga has warned that those found wanting would not be allowed to practice in any educational institution in the country, as they compromised the quality of education.

Dr. Mubanga said the Council was committed to ensuring that all teachers, both in the private and public schools met the set standards and had the TCZ number, in a bid to improve the quality of education.

“The registration exercise is not only meant to regulate teachers, but to clean up the teaching profession and eliminate those with fake qualifications because we do not want fake teachers who will end up denting the name of the profession,” he said.

He stated that the Council had finalised the registration process of the already existing teachers in its data base, but was still receiving applications from new entrants.

Dr. Mubanga further revealed that 152,127 registration certificates had been issued to teachers in both private and public schools.

And Dr. Mubanga disclosed that the Council was still working out modalities to ensure that teachers in community schools across the country were regulated.

He stated that about 20% of teachers in Zambia, especially at primary school level were found in community schools, hence the need to ensure that teachers were qualified.

Dr. Mubanga said the Council was working with the Zambia Community Service to ensure teachers in Zambia Open Community Schools (ZOCS) across the country were offering quality education to their learners.