EDUCATION, Science, Vocational Training and Early Childhood Education Minister John Phiri has said private colleges of education should not be created for personal gain but with key focus in changing the lives of children.
The minister said this during the official opening of Trinity Zambian College of Education (TIZACO) in Mpika District in Muchinga Province.
Dr Phiri said the opening of the only college of education in the province had come at a right time when Government is upgrading primary schools to secondary hence a need for more trained teachers.
“There is need for us to have a college of education in Muchinga which will produce teachers that will be able to understand the difficulties of the children. The creation of private colleges should not be to make money for your personal pockets but producing teachers that will have an impact in the lives of our dear children,” he said.
He further asked the lecturers to inculcate the spirit of reading and writing in students who will later pass it on to the pupils.
“Lecturers make sure your students embrace reading and writing. We should remove the syndrome of teachers depending on the notes.
Research so that children are updated with new information. Let them start practicing writing here, if possible publish books. This way they will carry the spirit of reading and writing in the field,” he said.
Meanwhile, TIZACO director Reverend Emmanuel Sampa thanked the minister for having the college registered with the ministry.
“We are overwhelmed that the college was registered just last week and right now we have you in our midst. The college has clocked one year since it was established and offers secondary diploma programme in education. It is affiliated to Zambia Open University,” he said.
Rev Sampa said Tazara training center is housing them and has a total of 325 students comprising 200 first years and 125 in their second year with 22 members of staff.
Muchinga provincial Education Officer (PEO) Jobix Kalumba described the official opening of the college as an important day in the history of Muchinga.
Mr Kalumba appealed to the college management and staff to instill confidence in the students because they are the candle bearers who have to make a difference in the lives of pupils.
Dr Phiri was accompanied by his Deputy in charge of Science and Vocational and training Professor Nevelyn Wilombe on a marathon tour of three provinces -Muchinga, Northern and Luapula.