Teachers call for review of poor results


TEACHER unions have called on Government to have an urgent review meeting over “poor” 2013 grade nine school results in public schools.
Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZNUT) and Basic Teachers Union of Zambia (BETUZ) said in separate interviews that factors such as pupil-teacher ratio and inadequate infrastructure need to be seriously addressed.
ZNUT secretary general Newman Bubala said public schools lack a lot of things that count towards providing quality education.
Mr Bubala said Government should motivate teachers by creating an enabling environment for them especially in rural areas where they live without electricity and some have no access to health and banking facilities.
He said recruitment of more teachers, construction of more schools and teacher colleges should also be considered.
Mr Bubala said teachers are hardworking and they will continue working hard hence the need for Government to address their concerns.
BETUZ public relations and administration officer Hilary Chipango said it is unfortunate that public schools have continued to record poor grades.
Mr Chipango has also welcomed plans by the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational and Early Education to take over 174,000 pupils that were not selected to grade 10 to various trade institutes.
“Learners should therefore be serious as they are taken to such good programmes so that they are empowered and achieve something in life. This is a good move and should be commended,” Mr Chipango said.