Tables Bill To Regulate Teaching Profession.


Teachers’ Professional Board Bill, which among others seeks to uphold the status of teaching profession and outlaw teaching without a licence was tabled here yesterday.
The Bill proposes a minimum 3m/- fine and five-year jail term for the offence of teaching without the licence.
Tabling the bill for the second reading in the National Assembly, Education, Science and Technology Minister, Prof Joyce Ndalichako said the bill aims at establishing and maintaining the register of professional teachers, enabling the Board to issue licences to practicing teachers.
She told the house that the government is determined to have the Tanzania Teachers Professional Board Act that will deal with professional competence and practices, maintenance and establishment of teachers’ professional standards and conduct.
The bill proposes some pen- outputs include recognition of teaching as a profession and increasing teachers’ competence at work within and outside the country.
She said the legislation will enhance discipline, ethics and code of conduct for teaching as the profession, expelling individuals without the minimum qualifications.
“Having on the ground teachers with the requisite qualifications and standards assures members of the public of quality delivery of education,” insisted Prof Ndalichako.
The minister said an increasing number of teachers has resulted into more challenges, compelling the government to establish the professional board that will oversee both teachers’ ethics and professional conduct.
Under the East African Community, member states have agreed to mutually recognise the academic and professional qualifications, with each country required to put in place competent authorities.
Presenting the Social Services and Community Development Committee recommendations, the Chairman, Mr Peter Serukamba welcomed the board, describing it as ‘a good thing’ that provides for teachers continuous professional development and regulates teaching as the profession.
Education Shadow Minister Susan Lyimo called for conducive teaching environment to support teachers and develop their academic careers to offer the best.
Source: Daily News 06/09/2018

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