OSF backs calls for withdrawal new education policy

Don Bosco Secondary School – Mansa
Open Society Foundation (OSF) has supported calls for government to withdraw the newly introduced policy that subjects pupils from Grades one to four to be learning in their local native local languages.

Executive Director Sunday Chanda says the policy is taking the country into the past.

Mr. Chanda says with such a policy in place government is also not taking children into the desired future where they are expected to compete with other international citizens as equals.

The OSF Executive Director has observed that Zambia’s education system already has vernacular languages as part of the subjects to be learnt and that it is will be extreme for the Minister of Education to allegedly wasting taxpayers’ money on such a policy.

He says this is because even some teachers have been reported as not being ready for the implementation of the new policy.

He notes that to this effect government should be advised to reverse the policy and consider engaging in wider consultations.