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We are not introducing uniforms for teachers- The Teaching Service Commission

General News We are not introducing uniforms for teachers- The Teaching Service Commission

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The Teaching Service Commission has clarified that no meeting took place to discuss the introduction of uniforms for teachers.

Teaching Service Commission Secretary Sandra Ndhlovu explained that contrary to media reports, the Commission did not meet on any date to consider introducing a mandatory dress code for teachers nor will it be considered in the near future.

Ms. Ndhlovu said the commission has not received any complaints from the public regarding the dress code of teachers and has since warned individuals fabricating such stories of stern action once discovered.

‘You may wish to know that the Commission has been out of station operating from Chongwe and Kafue carrying out national assignment, dress code is part of code of conduct but introduction for uniforms have never been discussed, these reports are a work of unknown people trying to discredit the work of the Ministry and the Commission,’ Ms Ndhlovu said.

But the Commission is on record backing General Education Minister Dr Michael Kaingu proposal to introduce mandatory uniforms for teachers in order to bring sanity to the profession.Dr Kaingu whilst touring schools in western province expressed concern that some teachers especially the female folk are wearing clothes that reveal their underwear while conducting classes.

She has since appealed to teachers countrywide to stop holding meeting aimed at discussing the reported introduction of teacher’s uniforms.

‘This matter has not been discussed and will never be discussed,’ she said.

And Ministry of General Education Spokesman Hillary Chipango has reiterated that there is no policy by the Ministry of Education to introduce mandatory dress code for teachers.

‘On the teachers uniform discourse, the Ministry has categorically stated that there is no such a policy in the Ministry and the Ministry will always take extensive consultation with stakeholders including teacher trade unions and policy makers to arrive at such a decision and besides, it would be a contradiction to us teachers to wear unions because you might be aware that wearing uniforms for learners was not compulsory,’ Mr. Chipango said.

Mr. Chipango stated that these reports have caused agitation and anxiety and brought discontent in the teaching fraternity.

But the Commission is on record backing General Education Minister Dr Michael Kaingu proposal to introduce mandatory uniforms for teachers in order to bring sanity to the profession.

Dr Kaingu whilst touring schools in western province expressed concern that some teachers especially the female folk are wearing clothes that reveal their underwear while conducting classes.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Who was rummaging through David Livingstones wardrobe and thought it would be a good idea to dress modern Zambians with such thick fabric in our tropical climate? Is this the same Ministry of education that erected pathetic amateurish statues at its headquarters not too long ago? If these are the brains in our education sector Zambia has very serious problems.

    • some one has seen a business opportunity in the PF government. always ways to steal money from poor Zambians. Those uniforms look so ugly, live for a game ranger?? Khakis like we back in colonial days..

  2. The problem with this govt is lack of coordinated statements.
    Statements from govt officials are haphazard, Kaingu says this, Kambwili also says the other. Being a Minister you can’t blame the media if they report Kaingu utterances and members of the public will take it as govt’s official position.

  3. Ask teachers if they dont put on uniforms on fridays or they dont fight for uniforms during teacher’s day. what mata is quality. Do not be like HH who was anoyed when called kacema but later realised it was a goid name

  4. I wouldn’t be surprised if BUFFOON Kambwili has a seat on this selfsame Teaching Service Commission….these types of ideas can only come from his small pea sized brain.

  5. The idea is good because it is true some teacher dress ‘monga chakolwa’ if possible introduce it. The female forks dress as though they are going for the dancing party. No dressing code at all. Also this will reduce hiding of teachers in drinking place after work, 2 it will encourage sense of unity and we will be able to distinguish between a teacher and a pupil like medical persnnell and patients in hospitals. The TSC should consider this decision please introduce it

  6. We are degenerating. Cabinet throws out new State House MoU, Teaching Service Commission not intending to carry out Kaingu’s wishes… where will this end up? It is as if since the Tabernacle prayers mediocrity has just become commonplace!

    • Au contraire M ou Mlle Nzelu, information has finally caught up with business as usual so that we now know the mediocrity that has persisted in our political circles for ages. I know our forefathers persistently challenged the powers to their detriment because there was no force to out this mediocrity.

  7. Well, someones idea of a joke, Good one. We had a laugh. At least we didn’t have to argue about Edgar and HH for a day or so.

  8. …TSC are liars…they are fully aware of the uniform agenda…the minister himself had hinted to that effect….they have just realised the blunder they have caused for the govt and politicians have squeezed them to deny it…. they have jumped and quick to quench off the fire the teachers have lit in protests to uniform suggestions….someone somewhere is gaining political mileage on this issue hence the ruling party standing on TSC’s toes to categorically deny the ‘allegations’….

  9. What cute uniforms those are! Anyway, I did laugh my head off when I first saw them and imagined the teachers wearing them in class. But seriously, what kind of foolishness is this? Someone has surely lost it. Aren’t there more pressing educational issues to resolve? Or was this matter introduced to divert people from kicking the backside of this govt. as regards the economy and general malaise?

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