300 teachers had fake papers-Dr. Phiri

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Dr JOHN PHIRI
Dr JOHN PHIRI

Minister of Education, Science, vocational Training and Early Education, John Phiri has disclosed that there were 300 teachers suspected of having faked papers and attempted to be recruited by government this year.

Dr. Phiri said the affected teachers have since been referred to the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) for certification and verification of their academic documents.

He said the 300 teachers who had fake papers were desperate to be employed by the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocation and Early Education.

He said this in Mongu today when he paid a courtesy call on Western Province Permanent Secretary (PS) Amos Malupenga.

He said arising from this, government did not reach its target of recruiting 4,500 teachers in the education sector.

Recently, government recruited slightly over 4,000 teachers.

And Dr. Phiri has bemoaned the low reading culture among pupils in the country.

Dr. Phiri said reading should be started at a tender age and should be consistent in one’s life in learning institutions and other public places.
Earlier, Western Province Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga commended the Ministry of Education for recruiting over 4,000 teachers.

Mr. Malupenga said most schools in the province were experiencing serious shortages of teachers.

The PS disclosed that some of the newly recruited teachers have already reported to their respective schools.

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      The headline and contents are not adding……….. “the documents have been sent to ECZ for verification” how could you say there fake before checking with ECZ?

      “Dr. Phiri said the affected teachers have since been referred to the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) for certification and verification of their academic documents”

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    Low reading culture by students, think again Dr Phiri! Your government is busy building stadiums and forgotten about building libraries in the country. I wonder how many towns have public libraries in Zambia today. The reading culture should not only be restricted to the pupils but the whole citizenry as it keeps them informed and up to date with this ever changing world.

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      You are right, observer. I am closer to 50 now but I still see the same structure in my small town that I visited to pick books and read as a child of 8 years old!!! When I walked into the children’s library it was as if time had stopped; there were even the same books I had read repaired and desperately taped together – and my overtures to donate were met with a tortuous process (see the DC and make sure the mayor knows, and then apply to the Ministry of Education through the district office blah blah)…

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      Building stadiums is a sign for government saying that, those who don’t go to school should go and watch football.

      More colleges should be built to accommodate everybody trying to go for teaching and we will never cry about shortage of teachers again. The enrollment system is phaked up. We should not be standing in a long zigzag lines for long hours without seeing someone. We need more colleges not stadiums. Don’t blame people who have fake papers because you created them.

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    Yip – fear dissipates when you have a serving deputy minister accused of the same vice. Everyone wants to dare…

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    Fake teachers with fake degrees..why not prosecute them instead of sending them to ECZ where they will corrupt those lazy public servants and apply again next year…oopsi my bad there are no recruitments next year,while I mean in 2015

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      How can they prosecute them when one of the deputy minister a Masumba has a forged certificate? Even Sata himself is rumoured to have obtained a degree when literacy and numeracy level is that of a grade 4. There is more of these guys working in high positions in Zambia especially the foreigners. You can find them in the medical sector working as expatriate foreign doctors, in Engineering sector working as expatriate Engineering managers. Its really a shame that this has been allowed to happen for long time.

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    Fake teachers with fake degrees..why not prosecute them instead of sending them to ECZ where they will corrupt those lazy public servants and apply again next year…oopsi my bad there are no recruitments next year,while I mean in 2015…

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      Just arrest them!! Why should you employ such incompetent to-be teachers. Elo bakafunde shyani??? There are intelligent boys and girls out there.

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    This is ordinary what is unusual about it is the rate at which it is happenning and why the Employer hasnt taken stringent measures in detecting fake certificates, if this crop of “teachers” is what is given the responsibility to empower our future biologists, then i will not be suprised if we fail in all areas. Just imagine a teacher in front of you who cant even pronounce Homo sapiens or Mitochondria.
    To me this is as easy as chewing gum….. spend your dollars on major advanced equipment to defeat this simple problem your friends in other countries do it, if it means going back to the lender….do it, for there is always a solution and this endangers zambias future!

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      Let him first address the issue of leakages….. Because teachers are charging those in Exam classes.

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    am not surprised because a lot more are serving with such papers. i know of one police officer at Butondo police who cant write.

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    Let him give a directive to the Police in Senanga to see the process of exams because both teachers and pupils have been using leakages since the first day, to be specific at Matauka High School and Senanga High school…. Dr John Phiri do something about it so that we have a better Zambia…

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    i some nearby country a minister of education resigned cause she was unable to deliver textbooks to all the schools on time.here we have exam linkages ,no textbooks in schools or tertiary education institutions,universities and colleges being close by govt left,right and center.yet we still have one character calling himself a professor who is totally clueless as to why he is minister of education and come next year this same guy will be shamelessly annoucing extremely poor exam results and continue drawing a govt salary.such a shame.

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    The Ministers’ allegations are true but its not every one who was left out on the recruitment has fake result. Am one of the many who have genuine results but was not picked. So you statement old man does not depict the real situation on the ground.(BUFI)…

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    The situation in zambia is worse in pf , even at working place for you to be promoted you have to be connected .

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    @ Pompwe: ‘Were did he got it himself’? Is this English, mwe bantu? We appreciate that English is not our Mother Tongue but we must not murder the language in this fashion.

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