TEACHERS FIRED IN Luapula FOR SEXUALLY ABUSING PUPILS

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The Teaching Service Commission (TSC) of Zambia has dismissed three teachers in Luapula Province for sexually abusing pupils.

This comes a day after three other teachers and a security guard were sent on forced leave at Kasama Girls Secondary School pending investigations into allegations of sexual abuse and professional misconduct after revelations by an anonymous letter that surfaced on social media making serious allegations of widespread sexual exploitation of school girls at the institution resulting in pregnancies.

Commission Chairperson Jennifer Chiwela says the dismissed teachers were sexually abusing their students at a named school in Chiengi District.

Ms. Chiwela said the Commission will not hesitate to discipline any teacher found wanting.
She reminded the teachers to always refer to their code of ethics so that they are not found wanting.

Ms. Chiwela was speaking in Lusaka on Thursday in the aftermath of allegations that have also prompted the Human Rights Commission (HRC) of Zambia to institute its own investigations.

And the Basic Teachers Union of Zambia (BETUZ) General Secretary Jeffery Simunthala said the union will not defend any teacher found wanting.

Sexual abuse of female learners and trainees has become topical this month as allegations of trainee women police officers at the country’s premier Police training academy at Lilayi in Lusaka came under scrutiny.

The allegations of misconduct by instructors and senior officers at Lilayi are also the subject of an HRC investigation.

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