Govt to set up regulatory body for teachers
Nchelenge, Febraury 5th, 2014, ZANIS — Government says it will soon set up a regulatory body for teachers to address mediocrity.
Education Deputy minister David Mabumba says when the regulatory body is set up , teachers will be required to have a practicing certificate for them to earn recognition and work in both the government and private owned learning institutions.
He said the government has in principle passed the Teaching Professional Act (TPA) that will regulate the conduct of the teachers to harness the mediocrity and malpractices in the education sector.
ZANIS reports that the minister said this when he addressed teachers at the Nchelenge Secondary School and Kabuta Primary in Nchelenge District in Luapula Province, yesterday.
Mr. Mabumba said the regulatory body will accredit all the colleges and universities that churn out the teachers into the teaching industry to ensure the quality delivery of education services.
“It will regulate your practice and conduct to harness the mediocrity and instill professionalism,” the deputy minister said.
Mr. Mabumba was accompanied by the Principal Education Standards Officer (PESO) for Luapula Smith Bweupe and Nchelenge District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) Bennie Mwansa
He disclosed that his ministry is in the process of putting in place a Teaching Council (TC) that will work closely work with the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) to draw the code of conduct and ethics for the teachers.
Mr. Mabumba advised the teachers to share their divergent views with their superiors to avoid the frustrations to spillover to the pupils.
“Where you have divergent views let us share them, we don’t want your frustrations to be vented on the pupils,” he warned.
Meanwhile the ministry has signed a memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Saint Eugene DMI University of Lusaka to fast track the teachers training in Luapula Province.
Luapula Province PESO Smith Bweupe disclosed this in Nchelenge when the deputy minister of education David Mabumba addressed teachers at Nchelenge Secondary and Kabuta Primary schools early this week.
Mr. Bweupe said fast track training programme which will commence next month is tailored on the e-learning concept and urged the teachers to seize the opportunity for career advancement.
He said the teachers that wish to study using the fast track mode must submit their details to the education authorities at the district for considerations and onward processing.
The PESO said the students will be required to gather at Don Bosco Secondary School in Mansa for their residential while lectures will be telecast from Saint Eugene DMI University.