Govt. calls for PPP in equal education for all
Chipata,June 13,2014,ZANIS — Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chileshe Mulenga has called for enhanced private public partnerships in ensuring equal access to education among people in the country.
Dr Mulenga says government was on course following its introduction of local language in the early grades of primary schools as a medium of instruction saying the onus was on parents and stakeholders to participate.
He stated that the skills provide people with the ability to gain knowledge and also be able to express themselves.
ZANIS reports that the Permanent Secretary said this in a speech read on his behalf by Deputy Permanent Secretary Zacharia Luhanga, during the launch of the “Lets Read Zambia” Campaign for Eastern province.
Dr Mulenga further stated that the country has continued to make strides towards meeting the Millennium Development Goal Number two on Primary school enrollment and completion.
He further said that currently Zambia’s enrollment stand at an impressive rate of 97 percent , but however stated that serious concerns remains on the quality of learning which is quite low.
“I am opportunistic that the new approach to the teaching of literacy, in the early grades and adult education will improve literacy levels in the country.
He stated that the move also helps people to become productive members of society to effectively participate in the democratic process.
The PS has since called upon researchers to conduct research and document the findings to enable the future generation to read and write.
And Provincial Education Officer, Thomas Mwanza says the launch of the new curriculum is aimed at enhancing support on every child to have to learn to read and write.
Mr Mwanza says this responsibility lay in everyone to support and monitor children’s progress through active participation.
Meanwhile, a representative for the Community and the Church, Reformed church in Zambia (RCZ) Reverend Dr. Clement Mwanza stated that teaching in a familiar language provide the pupils to adapt well to the environment and also enable them take part in the procedures.
Rev. Mwanza said the church and the community will support government in its quest to deliver quality education to the children.
And moving a vote of thanks, ten year old girl, Ethel Hatuleke of Mpezeni Park Primary school, in Chipata said children appreciate government on the introduction of the use of local languages in schools.