—–Chief Kabamba of the Lala people in Serenje District in Central Province has summoned ten parents to his palace for marrying off their Grade Nine pupils at Teta Primary.
This came to light during the launch of “Let’s Read Zambia” mobilization Campaign of Teta Zone which was held at Teta Primary School over the week end.
Chief Kabamba, who was the guest of honour, said it was not impressive to learn that same parents in his chiefdom have decided to marry off their children when they should understand the importance of literacy.
He said a nation where people cannot read and write is a dead nation because all development depends on the transfer of knowledge through reading.
The traditional leader added that Zambia is among the countries in the region with a number of school-going children who are not able to read and write going by their age and grade levels.
And Serenje District Education Standards Officer, Joseph Mate, expressed disappointment at the parents who have married off their Grade Nine girl-children, saying government’s intention is to educate every child to reduce illiteracy levels.
Mr Mate said the importance of ‘Let’s Read Zambia’ is to increase awareness on the importance of early grade reading as key factor for personal success and for national development.
The education standards officer further called on all stakeholders in Teta Zone to be involved and ensure that the programme becomes a reality to the learners.
And one of the parents, Grace Makumba, said in this era of technology advancement, children should put much effort on education and ensure that they all know how to read and write.
Mrs Makumba thanked the government for introducing the new curriculum in primary schools, adding that it will help the children to understand better as they go further in their education.