—-The Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZNUT) in Northern Province has issued a stern warning to teachers against being involved in examination malpractices.
ZNUT Provincial Chairperson, Musonda Chitupi, says the union will not defend any teacher who will be found wanting during grade 12 examinations which have already started.
Mr Chitupi issued the warning during the commemorations of the World Teachers’ Day in Mbala today.
He said examination malpractices should be avoided at all cost because they paint a bad image to the teaching profession.
Mr Chitupi said as role models teachers are supposed to conduct themselves above board and avoid unethical practices which are tantamount to loss of uprightness and dignity in the profession.
And teachers in Mungwi did not stay behind in the commemoration of this year’s World Teachers’ Day under the theme “Unite for quality, education for a better tomorrow”.
The teachers appealed to government to address the outstanding allowances owed to them.
Speaking through a representative, Joseph Siwale, the teachers demanded that government should urgently clear settling-in allowances and leave terminal benefits owed to them since 2005.
And officiating at this year’s Teacher’s Day in Mungwi, Acting Mungwi District Commissioner, Jacob Shawa, reiterated government’s commitment towards the provision of quality education at all levels.
Mr Shawa said government was aware that that education was the key to the attainment of sustainable economic development hence speeding-up the process of constructing universities, trades training institutes and secondary schools around the country.
Mr Shawa said government has so far completed 41 of the 84 targeted secondary schools as highlighted by President Michael Sata during the official opening of the fourth session of the Eleventh National Assembly two weeks ago.
He added that government is at least constructing one trades school in each district and a university in each province in order to improve access to tertiary education throughout the country.
Mr Shawa also said government was currently addressing some of the challenges faced by teachers such as lack of electricity and water facilities and lack of access to training and research facilities such as libraries.