By Bright Chikele:
THE establishment of the Teaching Council of Zambia under the Teaching Profession Act no. 5 of 2013 is a step in the right direction.
Teaching, like other noble professions, requires regulation for the smooth running of its affairs.
We applaud this development for a number of cogent reasons. It is plain truth that from time immemorial, this noble profession has not been closely regulated particularly with regards to which persons should hold out themselves to be teachers in our society.
Consequently, there have been and still are many people who practise teaching without possessing the necessary qualifications to do so. This status quo is a matter of grave concern not only to the Ministry of General Education, but also key stakeholders such as parents and pupils.
It is our considered view that with the Teaching Council in place and when fully operational, perennial complaints of pupils being defrauded of their examination fees by some of these unscrupulous teachers running backyard, unregistered schools shall become a thing of the past.
We must underscore here that such crooked idiosyncrasy is not only unique to private schools, but in our public schools too. It is people such as these that have dented the image of the profession which, objectively speaking, should be the embodiment of all professions.