Teaching Service Commission seeks to stop separating couples

THE Teaching Service Commission says it is reviewing outdated policies to, among others, stop separating couples who are both teachers.

Appearing before the parliamentary committee on Education, Science and Technology, commission chairperson Jennifer Chiwela said it was regrettable that couples should be separated by rules of the profession, hence the need to review some policies.

Chiwela who was responding to a concern from committee chairperson Dr Christopher Kalila, appeared along with her deputy Alfred Sikazwe and a commission member, Justo Chishimba.

“We are unhappy about the separation of couples. In fact, when we came into office as a commission, it was one of the issues we discussed with the Ministry of Education. This policy has affected a lot of teachers who have been denied a chance to get transferred and join their spouses. Certainly, if there are worries at home, the teacher will not perform,” Chiwela said yesterday.