Government has pledged to make Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce in Lusaka to operate efficiently and effectively in order for it to work according its mandate.
Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education John Phiri said the college was a prime institution in the education system of Zambia because it provides technical, vocational, and entrepreneurial training critical for the development of the country.
Dr. Phiri said this in Lusaka today when he introduced a new principal for the college, Pascal Chewe.
Mr. Chewe will serve as interim principal of the institution for a period of not more than six (6) when a new board will identify someone to fill the position.
He disclosed that a new board will soon be constituted at the institution in accordance to the Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Act number 13 of 1998.
He said his ministry will in the meantime preside over the affairs of the college.
Dr. Phiri said government holds Evelyn Hone in high esteem and wants it to succeed hence it opted to put Mr. Chewe as new principal.
He has since urged management and the student union not to be political in their dealings but to instead work with the new principal to ensure that the country benefits from well groomed professionals.
Dr. Phiri stressed the need for collaboration saying transition periods were often characterised by doubts, uncertainty and fear but that this could be dealt with through cooperation and dialogue.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Chewe has been principal of the Technical, Vocational Teachers Training College (TVTC) in Luanshya and takes over from Mrs. Moono Hambote who has been acting principal at Evelyn Hone College following the dismissal of Mr. Sam Kangwa last month.