Kabwe District Commissioner ( DC ) Patrick Chishala called on head teachers to support government efforts in enhancing education standards by effectively implementing the phasing out of Basic into secondary schools.
Addressing the head teachers’ Association meeting during the same tour, Mr Chishala urged the school heads to exhibit good morals that will help transform the teaching staff and the pupils.
He urged school management teams to ensure that the upgraded schools’ status were in conformity with secondary institution requirements.
ZANIS reports that Mr Chishala said this in Kabwe District, yesterday . This was during his conducted tour of basic schools that have been upgraded to secondary schools .
The four schools that have been upgraded among them, Broadway, Mine, Chidwin A, and Danford Basic were progressing well.
District Education Officer Felistus Kalembo said in a separate interview that some schools were facing infrastructural challenges such as lacking halls, laboratories, qualified staff, and Teaching materials to mention but a few.
She however, said her office has submitted to the Ministry of Education a list of requirements for improvement, adding that government has made an assurance of meeting the upgrading needs.
And Head Teachers Association Chairperson Beatrice Musole said teachers in the district have set up goals to perform at higher levels in order to make 2013 a year of positioning to increase the national
Mrs Musole also said to enhance good performance among staff, the Association invited Labour office senior staff into their meeting to enlighten them on labour matters, among them on how to deal with
minimum wage issues.
Broadway Head teacher Kays Machile whose school has been upgraded, said the school has already forged ahead with long strides where Grades 1 to 4 have been phased out to other nearby schools to create room for more Grade eight and ten classes respectively.
Kabwe district had a total number of thirty-seven (37) Basic schools out of which four, 4, have been upgraded from Basic to Secondary schools.
The move is part of the PF government of uplifting the education system in the country by doing away with the Basic Education system that has dogged the country for more than two decade.