–Chief Mbango’mbe of Katete District has urged government to invest more in skills training for women and youths.
The Chief said people appreciate the effort government was making in creating more secondary schools in the district but added that there is need to put in place skills training centers to accommodate school drop outs.
He explained that not every person is interested or gifted with academic intellect but others can do better if equipped with skills.
Chief Mbango’mbe noted that in rural areas not every youth can manage to progress into secondary or tertiary education because of financial challenges.
He stated that villages and rural areas have continued to record high numbers of early marriages, high school drop outs and teenage pregnancies because youths have no recreation facilities to keep them busy.
The chief said as a contribution to his people he has started building a community secondary school at his farm where children passing from grade seven to eight can attend.
He pointed out that currently his Chilimbisto Orphanage primary school is providing education to about 585 pupils from grade one to seven.
He noted that at many times pupils fall to continue to grade eight because of the long distances that they have to cover everyday.
Chief Mbango’mbe has further pledged to give government as much land as possible for the construction of a university in the district.
Government this year announced its plans to construct a college university for mathematics and science in Katete district.
He said government has great ideas and vision on education which should be supported by all developmental loving Zambians.
He was speaking this morning when Katete District Commissioner and District Educations Standards Officers visited him to request for land on which government could build a university college.