The Teaching Service Commission was established in January, 1953 as a product of African Nationalism when African Politicians and African Labour leaders in the then Northern Rhodesia demanded for rights from the Colonial Government. It was initially placed under the wings of the white dominated Civil Service Commission and had no power to veto the decisions of the Director of the African Education which were always arbitrary, dictatorial and discriminatory against African Teachers. The African Teachers were dissatisfied with the operations of the newly established Teaching Service Commission and made further demands for the establishment of a Teaching Service Commission with veto and status like the Public Service Commission.
Owing to the fact that the independence movement was driven by the people from the teaching fraternity such as Dr. Kenneth Kaunda and Mr. Arthur Wina, the Teaching Service Commission was among the Service Commissions that were established at Independence after the referendum of June 21, 1969. It was established following the enactment of the Service Commission Act Cap 259 as principal Act and the “Teaching Service Regulations” as the subsidiary legislation. This was after the repeal of Zambia’s Independence Act and the Zambia Independence Order of 1964.
- 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.