12.12.2018 - UNESCO Office in Harare

Zambia conducts consultations on standards of practice for the teaching profession

With support from UNESCO, through the CapED programme, the Ministry of General Education (MoGE) in Zambia, with the involvement of partners are currently conducting provincial consultations on the draft National framework on standards of practice for the teaching profession. Provincial consultations were separately flagged off on 10 December in 3 of the 10 provinces namely: Eastern (Chipata), Central (Kabwe) and Luapula (Mansa) provinces and will end with Lusaka province in Lusaka on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

Overall, a total of 1000 teachers, teacher educators and education leaders are expected to participate and provide feedback on the draft national framework. These consultations are being facilitated by members of the technical committee composed of officials from MoGE, Teaching Service Commission, and Teaching Council of Zambia, Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance (VVOB) and Teacher Unions.

The draft framework provides details of what and whom these standards are meant for and the framework is designed to ensure that the knowledge, skills, conduct, practice and experience demonstrated by teachers, teacher educators and educational leaders help to support high quality of teaching, learning and social dialogue and inclusion in the education sector. It is hoped that this consultation process will help initiate and shape positive conversations with and among teachers, teacher educators and educational leaders in general around the draft National Standards Framework of Practice for the Teaching Profession in the country.  At the end of these provincial consultations, a consolidated report will be developed and disseminated to all stakeholders at the national validation workshop planned for 1st quarter of 2019, where the revised framework will also be shared to solicit final input from stakeholders.   

Overall, these standards describe the performance, knowledge, skills, competencies and dispositions that teachers, teacher educators and education leaders need to improve their professional practice, which will ultimately improve the quality of teaching resulting into higher learning outcomes.  It is envisioned that these standards will form the basis for performance appraisal, appointments and promotions, inspections and issuance of practicing certificates by the Teaching Council of Zambia. Once finalized, the standards will form the basis for performance appraisal, appointments and promotions, inspections and issuance of practicing certificates by the Teaching Council of Zambia.

For more information, contact: Amos Sikayile (a.sikayile(at)unesco.org).




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