Opposition UPND has called on the Law Association of Zambia to give guidelines on the implication and interpretation of minimum qualification of grade twelve certificate.
UPND Deputy Spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo says there is confusion and misunderstanding on the minimum qualification clause in the newly assented laws in the constitution.
“The provision says minimum qualification of grade twelve, meaning one still qualifies to stand with other academic faculties even if one didn’t have a grade seven or grade twelve certificate,” Lifwekelo said. “I have in mind people that never had an opportunity to do grade seven or grade twelve but have gone further to obtain a diploma or degree in other academic faculties, do you disqualify them on account of not having a grade twelve certificate, the answer is No.”
He said there are doctors and academicians including politicians that never had a chance to do grade seven or grade twelve but have obtained a diploma or degree in other academic faculties.
“The provision says minimum qualification of grade twelve meaning one can still have other academic qualifications and thus is qualified to stand as a Counselor, MP or President,” he observed.
Lifwekelo said the Law Association of Zambia must therefore, provide leadership on this matter and give guide on the interpretation of minimum qualification of grade twelve.
“People have taken it that you specifically require a grade twelve certificate for you to qualify as a Counselor, MP or President which I think is not the case. I stand to be corrected,” said Lifwekelo.