- What is the teaching council of Zambia?
The Teaching Council of Zambia is a Statutory Body established in accordance with the Teaching Profession Act No. 5 of 2013.It is a corporate body established to regulate the Teaching Profession through registration of teachers and accreditation of all Colleges of Education.
2. What are the functions of the Council?
The following are the functions of the Council:
(b)Regulate the Professional conduct of teachers
(c)Accredit Colleges of Education
(d) Develop, Maintain and improve appropriate standards so as to improve the quality of education in Zambia and promote and understanding of professional ethics amongest teachers.
(f) Create awareness of the importance of protecting the public against unsound teaching practices and ensure that the rules and guidelines for professional ethics are responsive to the expectations of the public and those who rely on the teaching profession.
(g) Investigate allegations of professional misconduct and impose such sanctions as may be necessary.
(h) Advise the government on matters relating to the Teaching Profession.
(i) Facilitate the acquisition of knowledge by teachers through the establishment of libraries , and the provision of monetary grants , books , apparatus and any other facilities necessary to achieve that end.
(j) Raise the character and status of the Teaching Profession to promote honourable and good practices and where necessary ,
declare any particular teaching practice to be undesirable for all , so as to increase the confidence of the public in teachers.
(k) Promote , protect and advance the general interest of teachers
(l) Collaborate with relevant unions on conditions of services and remuneration of teachers.
(m) Provide a forum for the communication and interchange of views on matters relating to the Teaching Profession and disseminate these views to the public.
(n) Do such other things as are necessary or incidental to the performance of its functions under the teaching profession act.
3.Who should be registered by the Teaching Council of Zambia?
All the following persons must register:
(a) Student Teacher in Colleges of Education and Universities schools of Education.
(b) Early Childhood , Primary and Secondary School Teachers.
(c) Technical Education Instructors.
(d) College Of Education Lecturers.
(e) Principals in Colleges of Education.
(f) Administrators in intuitions of education at all levels(School , District , Province etc)
4. What are the requirements for teacher registration?
Certified copies of the following:
(a) Grade Twelve Certificate
(b) Teaching qualification(s)
(c) National Registration Card
5. What is the rational for student teacher registration?
Students registration is meant to track student behaviour and professionalism whilst in college or university.It also facilitates for students Teaching experience or Teaching Practice.
6. For how long will a teacher registration certificate be valid?
A registration certificate will be valid for life.A teacher will only register once except for re-registration.
7. For how long will a practicing certificate be valid?
A practicing certificate will be be renewed every after three(3) years.
8. How should new graduates from colleges or universities register?
New graduates with their final results and credentials must apply for registration as teachers.Those who have not yet received their final results need to wait until their results are ready. New graduates must never apply for registration as students.
9. Can individuals without teacher qualifications pursuing teaching in colleges or universities through distance but at the same time working as teachers in private school apply for teacher registration?
Such individuals must apply as students and not teachers.They will only qualify to apply as teachers when they complete their teacher training.
10.Can unqualified community school teachers also apply for teachers also apply for teacher registration?
Community school teachers can not apply for teacher registration.Teacher registration is for individuals who are already qualified teachers.Community school teachers will only apply for a provisional practicing certificate.The provisional certificate will be valid for a period of three (3) years and may be renewable.
11. What is the difference between The Teaching Council of Zambia and The Teaching Service Commission?
(a) The Teaching Council of Zambia is a professional body that was established to regulate the Teaching Profession while Teaching Service Commission was established as the employing agency for Government with the mandate of recruiting , promoting , retiring and sanctioning discipline among teachers.
(b)The Teaching Council of Zambia regulates teachers in both the public and private sector whilst the Teaching Service Commission only deals with teachers from the Government sector.
12.What disciplinary action will The Teaching Council of Zambia be taking on teachers found breaching the provisions of the code of Ethics and Conduct and the Teaching Profession Act?
Depending on the nature of the office , The Teaching Council of Zambia may de-register , cancel or suspend a certificate for ailing teachers.
13.What is college accreditation?
College accreditation is a process of validation through which colleges are evaluated.An accredited college is the one which was evaluated and met all set standards of providing quality education.Accreditation of colleges is renewed every year.
14.What are the benefits of regulating the Teaching Profession?
(a) Teachers will operate with a full protection of the law as teacher registration is now a legal requirement in Zambia.
(b) The Teaching Profession stands to be respected as teachers would behave professionally thereby becoming more productive.
(c) Members of the public will have more confidence in teachers and the Teaching Profession at large.
(d) The standards of teachers will be raised and the quality of Education will be improved,
(e) The public will be protected from unsound teaching practices.
(f) The teachers profile is raised to enhance teacher mobility internationally.