The Teaching Council of Zambia (TCZ) has warned that it would start prosecuting teachers that were not licenced but had been practicing after only registering.
TCZ Registrar, Dr. Ebby Mubanga, noted with concern that the number of registered teachers was not at variance with licenced teachers, saying there are more who are registered than licenced.
Giving an update on teacher licensing compliance in Lusaka on Tuesday, Mubanga said currently there were over 220,000 licenced teachers in the country.
He stated that teachers in both government and private schools should ensure that they were registered and licensed to avoid prosecution and possible revocation of their practicing licence
“About 20 percent of teachers in the country are not licenced but are practicing especially in private schools and the Council is worried about this status which should be addressed,” Mubanga stated.
He further clarified that the list of teachers which came out in Kawambwa District in Luapula Province had nothing to do with the recruitment exercise but licensing compliance and that this was routine.
“The information which we are seeking from the teachers was sent to all the districts in the country and to the teachers we want to encourage you to always be professional and avoid engaging in vices such as malpractices,” Mubanga advised.
He also called on the teachers to understand government policies in order to effectively execute their mandate and avoid engaging in partisan politics.
Mubanga noted that engaging in partisan politics in the process of understanding policies for the government, would jeopardize their standing in society and reduce confidence in the profession.
“All we want in the process is to ensure total compliance, professionalism and the onus is on the Head Teachers who are the administrators of such schools to give updated information,” he stated.
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