-State to open 10 new universities

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Education Minister Dr John Phiri says the Patriotic Front [PF] government  will open a new University  in each of the ten provinces in the country in order to absorb youths from secondary schools.


Dr Phiri said the Patriotic Front government will this week introduce the Higher Education and Teaching Council Board Bills in Parliament in order to regulate institutions offering education and provide a code of ethics for teachers.


Dr Phiri was speaking in Lundazi yesterday when he addressed Youths during the commemoration of  the 2013 Youth Day celebrations whose theme was’’ Opportunity for the  Youth Through Enterprise ’’ held at Lundazi Boarding Secondary School.


He revealed that MMD government followed a pyramidal system of education with more pupils at primary, few at secondary due to inadequate space and fewer students entering tertiary or universities levels.


Dr Phiri said the PF government has since started reversing the trend by focusing on constructing more colleges and universities so that more youths acquire skills and become entrepreneur citizens.


And Youth Representative Edward Banda a pupil from Lundazi Boarding Secondary School urged  his fellow youths to refrain from  indulging in vices such as sex and  drug abuse  because Youths  are the future leaders of Zambia.


He however appealed to government to establish more youth trade schools that could help change the livelihood of youths by imparting skills and help them become responsible citizens, thereby reduce poverty and contribute to the national economy.