Mrs Chiwela said the pupils won the debate all because of the hard work of a teacher.
She was speaking in Nakonde yesterday during the World Teachers’ Day commemorations held at Central Park under the theme Zambia at 50: Unite for quality Education. Better Education. Better world”.”
Mrs Chiwela said the pupils won the debate all because of the hard work of a teacher and congratulated them for the deserving performance.
She said the pupils who took part in the international debate and convincingly beat their rivals from South Africa represented Zambia well, adding that this is evidence enough that teachers in Zambian schools are working hard.
She has since called on the teachers in the country to continue working hard despite working under difficult conditions.
And the Teaching Service Commission has sent glowing tributes to the teachers in Muchinga Province for working hard.
Teaching Service Commission Chairperson, Jennipher Chiwela, said Muchinga Province was doing generally fine in the delivery of quality education going by the impressive results at Grades 12 and nine final examinations.
Mrs Chiwela said it was good to note that Muchinga Province which was recently created was up and running, adding that the good leadership skills of the Provincial Education Officer Jobbicks Kalumba and his entire team at the PEO’s office has resulted in the good general performance of the teachers and pupils in the area.
The Teaching Service Commission has also praised teachers in Muchinga Province for their commitment towards the eradication of early marriages.
The commission has also warned teachers against absenteeism and abuse of school children especially the girl child.
Mrs Chiwela warned that the Teaching Service Commission will continue to take a tough stance against such vices.
Meanwhile, Muchinga PEO, Jobbicks Kalumba, has reminded teachers that they play an important role in the lives of people and their profession.
Mr Kalumba said teachers in the province should ensure that they are morally upright because this is what society expects to see in them.
And Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZNUT) Director Organisation, Samuel Nyirenda, has appealed to the Teaching Service Commission to pardon all the teachers facing various disciplinary charges.
Mr Nyirenda said the Government and the Teaching Service Commission should consider pardoning all the teachers facing various charges as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
He also commended the Teaching Service Commission for finding time to celebrate the Teachers Day with teachers of Muchinga Province.
Teachers from all the seven Districts in Muchinga met in Nakonde to celebrate their day which was also attended by former teachers and some retired civil servants who were honoured by ZNUT for their contributions during the time they were working.
ZNUT Provincial Organising Secretary, Nondo Kasanda, said his union decided to honour the former civil servants and traditional leaders as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.