The Teaching Service Commission (TSC) is a government institution which was established in June 1969. The Commission is currently operating under the Constitution (Amendment) Act No.2 of 2016 article 223 and 224 which outlines the mandate as follows:
- Constitute offices in the Teaching Service;
- Appoint, confirm, promote and hear appeals from officers of the Teaching Service; and
- Perform such other functions as prescribed.
“A credible teaching service for quality education.”
“To manage human resource in the teaching service for quality education”
The Commission will uphold the values of Impartiality, Confidentiality, Transparency, Integrity, Selflessness and Accountability.
Strategic Themes and Strategic results
The Commission will focus on two strategic themes namely Human Resource Management and Operational Excellence. Pursuing the two strategic themes will result in high quality teaching service and, effective and efficient service delivery respectively.
In undertaking its mandate, the TSC performs the following functions as outlined in the Service Commissions Act No. 10 of 2016:
- Second, re-grade, transfer and separate employees in the Teaching Service;
- Facilitate the transfer of employees across the Service Commissions;
- Transfer employees from one Government institution to another Government institution in the Teaching Service;
- Authorise the withholding, reduction, deferment or suspension of salary of employees in the Teaching Service Commission;
- Hear and determine complaints and appeals from employees whose cases have been determined by Government institutions within the Teaching Service Commission;
- In consultation with the Teaching Council of Zambia, set and promote a code of ethics and human resource management principles and values for the Teaching Service, in accordance with the values and principles set out in section four;
- Establish standards and guidelines on human resource management for the Teaching Service;
- Monitor and evaluate compliance with the code of ethics, human resource management principles and values and any other standards and guidelines on human resource management for the Teaching Service, in the execution of delegated powers and functions by Government institutions in the Teaching Service;
- Impose appropriate sanctions, including withdrawal of delegated human resource management functions, on erring Government institutions within the Teaching Service; and
- Perform such other functions as are necessary or incidental to the regulation of human resource management in the Teaching Service.
The Leadership of the TSC is provided for in the Service Commissions Act No. 10 of 2016 Part II Section 9. The Leadership includes the Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson and five (5) other Members.
The day to day administration of the Teaching Service Commission is the responsibility of the Commission Secretariat headed by the Commission Secretary who is assisted by the Deputy Commission Secretary-Human Resource Management Services and the Deputy Commission Secretary- Standards, Inspections and Appeals. The Commission Secretariat is located at New Government Complex, Lusaka.
Strategic Operational Linkages
The Teaching Service Commission reports to the Office of the President, Office of the Vice President and Cabinet Office on policy and operational matters. In executing its mandate, the TSC interacts with institutions such as: Ministry of General Education, Public Service Management Division, Teaching Council of Zambia, Examination Council of Zambia, Ministry of Finance and other Service Commissions. The areas of interaction include human resource management issues, policy guidance, accreditation, validation of qualification and finances.