The Teaching Council of Zambia has warned that Teachers who shall be found wanting at the conclusion of the on-going investigations of examination malpractice risk being deregistered.
Council spokesperson Ngoza Malonga said those that will be found wanting will be in breach of the Code of Ethics for the Teaching Profession and the Teaching Profession Act No. 5 of 2013.
Ms. Malonga said the Teaching Council of Zambia greatly regrets the alleged involvement of some teachers in the leakage of examinations.
“Pursuant to regulation 9 (1), (2) and (3) of the Code of Ethics for the teaching profession; A teacher shall treat examination records and information at the teacher’s disposal confidentiality; A teacher shall not aid or abet a person in an examination malpractice and A teacher shall report to an appropriate authority, without delay, cases of examination malpractice that come to the teacher’s knowledge”, she explained.
Ms. Malonga added that furthermore, pursuant to section 46 (a), (b) (c), (d) and (e) of the Teaching Profession Act No. 5 of 2013, any involve would in examination malpractices constitutes professional misconduct.
She said it is clear that examination malpractice tends to confer undue advantage or underserved grade to the perpetrators of such vices.
Ms. Malonga empasised that the occurrence of examination malpractice at any level of education possess a great threat to the validity and authenticity of credentials.
She said the TCZ therefore, remains committed to bringing sanity to the profession with the focus to protect the interests of parents, society and the nation at large.
And as the examinations commence today, Ms. Malonga has reminded all teachers and school administrators to be alert at all times and to report any examination malpractice, failure to which it shall be tantamount to professional misconduct.