ACTING Eastern Province permanent secretary Dr Allan Lingambe says examination malpractices lower the standards of education in the country.
Officiating at the first-ever graduation ceremony for 48 students at ZABEC Secondary College of Education at Luangwa House in Chipata, Dr Lingambe said teachers should be exemplary.
“At the entrance of the University of South Africa, UNISA, there is a writing…which says ‘if you want to destroy a country, you do not need ballistic missiles, bombs and all the things that you may want to use. If you want to destroy a country just lower the standards of education through malpractices’. We don’t want to lower the education standards in this country,” he said.
“I am sincerely and strongly advising and encouraging you that as you go out in the field, please maintain your integrity, maintain your credibility and uphold the education system of this country.”
Dr Lingambe, who is also provincial education officer, said there were several vices that the graduating teachers would encounter in their careers.
“Those of you who have been following the events, the grade nine examination was not very long ago cancelled because of examination leakages caused by some of our teachers and I would like to encourage you to keep away from such vices when you join the system,” he said. “Avoid drunkenness on duty because that also leads to absenteeism. Avoid examination malpractices. Avoid immorality with pupils that you are teaching,” he said.
Dr Lingambe advised teachers to remain focused.
He said the affiliation of the college to the University of Lusaka gives an assurance that the quality of training and appropriate training programmes that the students underwent had strong emphasis on theory and practical approach.
Earlier, college registrar Patwell Tembo said the 30 female and 18 male graduates were highly equipped with skills that would enable them deliver their lessons effectively and manage their classroom activities efficiently with minimal supervision.
“Our general reflection on their three years training has made us become confident that college teaching and non-teaching staff did
tremendous work to have produced high leveled graduates,” said Tembo. “We are extremely proud on this day to hand over to the Ministry of Education a product that everyone would reckon with because of their hard work and trustworthiness.”