Hundreds of Zambian teachers have fake certificates

Mabumba High day school,
Many children live a long way from school and prefer to rent accommodation nearby. Grade 12 pupil Dorcas, 17, stopped attending the Mabumba High day school, about 20km east of provincial capital Mansa, after becoming pregnant. She said: “We were staying the three of us [girls], then we started sharing the house with three guys and that is how we paired ourselves. We just wanted some form of emotional support; life is really tough out there. So, the whole of last year we were living together with the guys and would have [unprotected] sex almost every night but everything was OK.” ~ Dorcas. Photo Credit - Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

General Education Minister Dr. Dennis Wanchinga says the number of employed teachers found with fake qualifications has so far reached 743.

Dr Wanchinga has told Parliament that of this number 108 have already admitted to being in possession of fake qualifications.

He says the ministry has since started the process of removing the fake teachers from the system.

He adds that the issue of fake qualifications being a criminal offence, those found with fake qualifications will be handed over for prosecution.

And Dr Wanchinga says 32,208 teachers applied during the recent teacher recruitment exercise were only 3,148 teachers were needed.

He says a good number of the applicants were removed for among other reasons having fake qualifications and not being registered with the Teaching Council of Zambia.