Government has employed 100 preschool teachers in Muchinga Province in an effort of enhancing early child learning programme.
Minister of Education Vocation Training and Early Child Education John Phiri disclosed this yesterday when he visited Kapilionga Secondary School in isoka District.
Dr. Phiri said the ministry of education has embarked on transformation program of introducing the new school curriculum.
He said government has created 1000 jobs for pre-school teachers this year alone country wide a move that clearly interprets its commitment.
Dr Phiri explained that 100 teaching staff have been added to teach early learners in Muchinga province alone.
He pointed out that the pre-school teachers will spend 60 percent of the time with pupils playing and 40 percent on academic work.
He said the move is expected to break through to literacy at a later stage.
Dr. Phiri said children are great scientists who discover a lot of things on their own using vernacular and that was the reason government introduced local languages in schools.
He cited children making wire cars, kits and homemade balls using plastics locally known as Chimpomwa.
And one of the newly employed pre- school teachers at Mwenya Early Learning Centre Linda Siame, has praised government for introducing the early learning program.
“As in my case I was trained in 2002 but I could not get the job until when this government came into power,” she said.
Dr. Phiri together with his deputy Professor Nevelyn Wilombe are in Muchinga province explaining how the new curriculum is going to work in schools.