The country’s five teachers’ unions have thrown their weight behind the government move to form a professional standards control body for the teaching profession.

This comes as an outreach programme on the formation of the regulatory body has been held in Bindura, with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education seeking to set and uphold high professional standards in the country’s education sector.

Speaking on behalf of the country’s five teachers’ unions, Zimbabwe Democratic Teachers Union national president, Mr George Mushipe said the formation of the council was over.

The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Lazarus Dokora said the establishment   of a regulatory body is anchored on one of the five pillars of the new curriculum.

When operational, the teaching  profession’s council will among other duties become the registrar of teachers, spearhead staff development programmes and ensure that professional standards are upheld.