The National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) has revealed that the country currently has about 50,000 unemployed teachers.
And NAQEZ is concerned with the swelling number of trained teachers who are unemployed and fears this will soon produce social, economic and political turbulences if not addressed urgently.
NAQEZ Executive Director, Aaron Chansa says these numbers are a clear indication that the private sector cannot employ anymore and that government has no capacity to absorb all these teachers.
Mr. Chansa tells phoenix news that NAQEZ is in possession of information to the effect that some of its people who trained and graduated more than 7 years ago are still without teaching jobs, showing fertile ground for untold corruption, nepotism and favoritism when selecting teachers who apply for jobs.
He said NAQEZ therefore proposes that the two Ministries of Education must stop training teachers in social Sciences and only train in subjects where teachers are in critical supply and Private Colleges must be regulated by government on the number and type of teachers to train.
Mr. Chansa argues that the country cannot just be training teachers who end up nowhere further proposing that the Teaching Council of Zambia critically screens most private colleges as some of these colleges are unsuitable for teacher training and must be shut.
He is further proposing that the Ministry of Higher Education should urgently put Lecturers in Trade Schools on government payroll as this will attract qualified teaching staff in these very important training institutions, and many young people will easily be persuaded to go for technical trainings.