The Professional Teachers Union of Zambia (PROTUZ) has warned that the union will not protect teachers who are in the habit of impregnating their pupils.
ZANIS reports that PROTUZ President Vincent Mwitumwa said teachers found to be impregnating their own pupils will be dealt with accordingly.
Mr Mwitumwa said this in a speech read for him by Kangwa Musenge during the commemoration of world teacher’s day in Kitwe today,
Mr Mwitumwa also warned teachers against producing fake documents as it was denting the image of the teaching profession.
‘As we commemorate this day, we are reminded of the challenges we face like issues of emoluments and others. Let me talk about the issue of professionalism and the recent development of teachers found with fake qualifications.
‘The law should take its course to this matter,’’ he said.
And speaking earlier Wusakile Member of Parliament Pavyuma Kalobo said governments’ desire is to improve the conditions of service for effective teaching and learning.
Mr Kalobo said in the 2018 National budget Finance Minister Felix Mutati has allocated K11.6 billion on education and skills development which demonstrates government’s efforts in ensuring that the education sector produces the much desired goals.
Mr Kalobo added that teachers should desist from engaging in malpractices adding that government will not hesitate to discharge erring teachers.
Meanwhile, Government has reaffirmed its commitment to empowering teachers in all education and development strategies.
ZANIS reports that Luanshya District Commissioner Joel Chibuye made the call in Luanshya today during the commemoration of the world teachers’ day, under the theme “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”.
Mr. Chibuye said the theme had come at the right time when government was implementing the decentralization policy aimed at devolving power to the grassroots as key stakeholders in the development of the country.
He noted that teacher freedom translated to academic freedom which guarantees increased performance by leaners while giving teachers maximum satisfaction.
Mr. Chibuye further said government has created an enabling environment that promotes teacher participation in decision making and allowing teachers at the same time to enhance their professional profile by adding value to their status as reservoirs of knowledge.
And Luanshya District Education Board Chairperson Boaz Banda said teachers are depositories of knowledge and as such should endeavor to develop their skills to meet the changing world.
He further called on teachers to be resourceful and invest in workable habits that that help in the delivery of the new curriculum.
And Luanshya Mayor Nathan Chanda thanked teachers for their undeniable contribution to the development of the nation.
Mr. Chanda further donated K7, 000 thousand towards the teachers day celebrations.
Representing the Professional Teachers Union of Zambia Tregan Kansembe called on government to improve the professional status and working conditions in the teaching.
Mrs. Kansembe noted that valuing teachers, academics and all education personnel should entail the provision of decent working conditions, well-resourced safe and healthy working environment, and professional autonomy among other.
This year’s teacher’s celebration theme marked the celebration of the 2oth anniversary of the adoption of the UNESCO recommendation conferring the status of teaching personnel in line with decent work agenda as espoused by the International Labour Organization Policy guidelines for the early childhood education.