Govt considers teachers' regulatory body

HARARE - Government is considering establishing of an independent regulatory body for teachers, in a bid to improve the standards of the profession.

Following a meeting with South Africa (SA)’s Basic Education minister, Angelina Motshekga, last week, Primary and Secondary Education minister, Lazarus Dokora, said they were currently looking into how the body would be structured.

Dokora said Zimbabwe might emulate the South African system on registering teachers and regulating the profession.

“…we are still searching for the kind of structure that will house the professional standards and codes of behaviour for our professional personnel in education,” he said, adding that “at the moment, it’s not there”.

Dokora said currently, “if teachers misbehave we punish them in terms of the statutory instruments under the public service commission or the ministry and her team will institute disciplinary action.”

This comes as the minister is on record complaining that unqualified teachers had infiltrated the profession.

“... whoever gets hold of a chalk is referred to as a teacher? We have those kinds of people, who are not qualified teachers in our sector, but they are being referred to as teachers. Holders of Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology, who would have failed to secure jobs from museums and monuments, and then they go for teaching,” Dokora said in February.

Establishment of the teachers body comes amid concerns that teachers had been left behind, as other government professionals such as doctors, nurses and magistrates have regulatory authorities that enforce ethics and codes of conduct that guide the professions.

Motshekga, who was on a ministerial visit, said proper registration of Zimbabwean teachers would help the professionals in negotiating for posts and ease the verification process of employment.

“We have a body like that in SA which registers teachers and regulates the profession. That is common in most professions like accounting, lawyers…you have the medical council, nurses’ council. It’s really in the same line of other professions,” she said. 

Motshekga said SA was also going to register and create a database for Zimbabwean teachers in the country and to teachers shared between the countries.

“If they have worked in SA for 10 years, they might come and qualify for a high level when they come back home as there will be evidence of how many hours of training and how many hours they have worked,” she said.

“The registration of teachers here would help in their employment in SA. If they are screened here and registered here, they can get employment quickly.”

This comes as the Higher and Tertiary Education ministry has moved to transform teachers’ colleges into degree-awarding institutions.

Comments (4)

I suggest that the Minister starts by emulating the SA Education system by how it remunerates its teachers before anything else.

Mhepoyenzara - 26 September 2016

Not necessary, our Ministries are more than enough for the regulating job. Always looking for ways of creating unnecessary expenditure. Let ZIMCHE regulate the training.

Dlodlo - 26 September 2016

That's a good decision SSLC Result 2017

Hafis - 3 October 2016

I support TRB

Hafis - 3 October 2016

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