We need more consultations on Teachers Council – Expert

An education expert has advised government to conduct more consultation before establishing the Teachers` Council.

Addressing the nation on the commemoration of the World Teachers` Day which is being cerebrated from 5th to 30th October 2020 President Lazarus Chakwera said the Council will boost the standards of teaching in the country.

Reacting to the development, Senior Research Fellow at Chancellor College`s Center for Education Research and Training Dr. Elizabeth Meke said much as the establishing in progressive move, more needs to be done on consultation.

“It’s a welcoming idea, the Teachers` Council will help regaining the lost glory in the teaching profession as you know these days teaching as a career is not as attractive as other professionals.

Dr. Meke said responsible authorities need come out clearly on the mandate of the Council in accordance with duties of other already existing bodies.

However there is need for more consultations on its mandate and how it will be relating to the other bodies that are already in the system, I hope the Council will also be registering teachers and also deregistering them,” advised Dr. Meke.

The theme for this year`s commemoration is “Teachers: leading in the time crisis, reimagining the future”.

The days is intended to remind the UN Member States on or towards their commitment to the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education; which recognises teachers as key to the achievement of the education 2030 agenda.

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