A SENIOR Lecturer in Chipata has said teachers have lost respect from parents and the general public because they have stopped practicing professional ethics that they were taught at colleges.
David Chirwa of Chipata College of Education said the dress cord of most educationists was worrying as it did not comply with the ethics that would help them maintain their integrity.
Mr. Chirwa said female teachers were wearing tight and see through clothes and stood in front of pupils, a thing which he said was unacceptable in the profession.
He was speaking when he gave a motivational talk to teachers during the Zambia Association of Social Sciences (ZASST) Eastern Province Conference held at Chipata College of Education yesterday.
“Some people are saying teachers of nowardays can not be compared to those that went to college 15 and 20 years ago. You wonder what has really gone wrong with our profession,’’ he said.
Mr. Chirwa noted that some male teachers who were working in rural areas took to drinking beer at the expense of maintaining their integrity, thereby losing respect from parents and even pupils.
He observed that lately, there appears not to be serious emphasis on the need for teachers in colleges to dress decently and properly conduct themselves at workplaces.
Mr. Chirwa said lack of respect by teachers has resulted in most of them especially males committing serious cases such us defilement and impregnating pupils in schools.
And some teachers said unions should be going round to talk about professional ethics to teachers and not only to discuss conditions of service and better salaries.
They said like in the yesteryears, the Ministry of Education must also embark on orienting recruited teachers on what is expected of them in their new jobs before posting them to various schools.
And speaking when he officiated at the same function, Eastern Province Deputy Permanent Secretary, Nicholas Banda, said the task of being a teacher was a mammoth one.
Mr. Banda called upon teachers to be exemplary in what they did and uphold their professional ethics.
He said teachers’ success would not only be judged by good academic results but also by helping address problems faced by the youth in the country, such as drug abuse, pregnancies at tender age, crime and the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
“The challenge before you is to produce children who appreciate their cultural heritage, understand their civil liberty and responsibilities so that they contribute positively to the development and preservation of our country,’’ he said.
Mr. Banda also said that he was aware that social science teachers faced a lot of challenges such as shortage of textbooks and other teaching and learning materials, heavy work load and overcrowded classrooms in carrying out their duties.
And in a vote of thanks, ZASST Vice chairperson, Edward Musonda, said some policies that were coming on board were counter-productive despite government building more schools in the country.
Mr. Musonda said teachers would continue experiencing work loads as a result of what he termed bad policies such as the abolishing of cut-off point at grade nine examinations that allowed almost all the pupils go into grade ten.