CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
THE Teaching Council of Zambia (TCZ) has received over 130,000 applications in the ongoing teacher
The council started the teacher registration process in June last year, which will culminate into the cleaning up of the teaching profession and elimination of cheats.
The exercise will see qualified teachers being awarded practising licences without which nobody will be allowed to teach in Zambia.
Giving an update yesterday, TCZ registrar Ebby Mubanga said the registration process is progressing well with the council having received over 130,000 applications from teachers countrywide so far.
Dr Mubanga said the council is impressed with the teacher’s willingness to apply for registration.
“Following the receipt of the 130,000 applications, we are now building the teacher’s register, which is currently at 50 percent completion.
“Once the registration process is concluded, teachers will apply for their practising licences,” he said.
Dr Mubanga said the council is expected to start issuing teacher registration certificates to eligible candidates by next month.
He said the teaching certificates will be issued alongside the code of ethics, which is currently being scrutinised by the Ministry of Justice.
Meanwhile, Dr Mubanga said the council has concluded inspection and reinspection of colleges and universities of education.
He said the council will in the next two weeks publish an updated list of accredited and recognised colleges and universities of education.
Dr Mubanga said a total of 137 public and private colleges and universities of education have been inspected.
“We are also in the process of ranking our colleges and universities of education,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Mubanga said the council has registered 11,000 students in colleges and universities of education.
He said the teacher registration process is in line with Government’s quest to provide quality education for a 21 century learner.