Government has dispelled fears that teacher recruitments across the country are partially tailored to deny graduants from private colleges and universities an opportunity to be recruited.
ZANIS reports that Copperbelt Provincial Principal Education Standards Officer Dominique Nyambe said government does not show any partiality when recruiting teachers because it has a policy that encourages fair competition between the private and public sectors.
Speaking when he officiated at the first graduation ceremony of the University of Zambia and the Zambia Open Univerity in association with Mufulira Professional College, Mr. Nyambe noted that graduates from government owned and private owned higher learning institutions stand equal chance of being employed.
Mr. Nyambe said the Teaching Service Commission encourages all graduates to apply whenever the commission puts an advertisement for employment, regardless of whether they got their qualification from a private, or government higher learning institution.
He reiterated government’s continued support to all private learning institutions, saying they were important partners in the development of the education sector.
Mr. Nyambe called on teachers to show exemplary behavior because the Teaching Service Commission would not hesitate to discipline any teacher found wanting.
He urged the graduants to develop close teacher learner relationships once they are employed, stating that the relationships are beneficial to pupils.
And Mufulira Professional College Prinicipal Jeremiah Simuusa said the learning institution had introduced a program of sponsoring vulnerable students to study at the college.
Mr. Simuusa said the college also sponsored its members of staff with sixty percent bursary, to upgrade their academic qualifications.
Although the college has been in existence since 2004, this year’s graduation was the first to give certificates that were approved by the University of Zambia and the Zambia Open University.