-Nine Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) members of Dichawang’a Primary School in Zambezi district yesterday temporarily closed the District Commissioner (DC) and the District Education Board Secretary’s offices for over 45 minutes.
The PTA members were demanding for the implementation of the new revised education curriculum which they said had delayed in the district.
The two offices were only opened by the PTA members after an instruction by the Zambia Police in the district.
This was after they failed to reach an agreement in a meeting that lasted for over three hours in the council chamber yesterday which was attended by the District administration Officer, representatives from the DEBS’s office and the security.
Dichawang’a PTA Vice Chairperson Chrispin Makuya who confirmed this in an interview said that the grade seven pupils at Dichawang’a primary school would be writing their exams next week.
He however said that the parents were concerned that their school going children in examination classes would soon be sitting for a local language they have not studied.
Mr. Makuya Complained that the DEBS’s office has not done much follow up on the new revised education curriculum in the district.
But Zambezi District Administrative Officer (DAO) Sombo Chiteta called for calmness among the parents and advised that government was aware of the matter and that would soon find a solution.
Mrs. Chiteta further advised that closing the DEBS’s office was not the solution as it was going to affect the pupils in examination classes especially those that would be writing next week.
And the District Education Standards Officer (DESO) George Kambita said in an interview that the office has not received a letter from the President on the new revised curriculum and that it was just the two senior chiefs in the district that did.
Mr. Kambita accused the PTA members’ attacks on him as based on tribal lines saying that because he was Lunda by tribe and they are Luvales.