By NAMBELA MWANDIA
THE National Union of Public and Public and Private Education of Zambia (NUPPEZ) in Northern Province has cautioned teachers to refrain from sexual exploitation of their pupils.
Provincial coordinator Fraser Sinyangwe said teachers were role models of society entrusted with the responsibility of looking after pupils.
Speaking to the Daily Nation, Mr Sinyangwe said the involvement of some male teachers in sexual scandals and defilement of pupils was saddening and a big disgrace to the teaching profession.
He was reacting to a defilement case in Rufunsa involving a 15 year old girl who was allegedly continuously defiled by her teacher who promised to help pass her Grade 9 examinations.
Mr Sinyangwe said that teachers played an important role in modelling children and should be in the forefront supporting the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) and child marriages.
“Teachers are guardians entrusted with the responsibility of shaping children’s future and therefore should not endanger children’s lives,” he said.