N/Western teachers challenged to teach better

North western permanent secretary Augustine Seyuba

North Western Province Permanent Secretary, Augustine Seyuba, has called on teachers in the province to make a greater difference in the lives of the children placed in their care.

And Kansanshi Mining PLC has pledged to spend K7 million in 2014 to equip teachers with new education methodologies aimed at improving the quality of teaching.

Speaking at Kansanshi Education Quality Improvement Programmes (EQUIP) graduation ceremony of 60 teachers, Mr Seyuba said significant resources had been spent to give teachers an opportunity to acquire new teaching methodologies.

He said the fact that the teachers underwent the training means that they are expected to perform very well and produce results by making the pupils pass.

The PS said this in a speech read for him by acting provincial education officer, Sylvester Mulenga.

Sixty teachers from 15 primary schools of Solwezi district, who teach Grades 3 and 4, graduated after completing an education training programme designed by Kansanshi Mining PLC.

The eight months programme is aimed to equip teachers with modern and various teaching methodologies, approaches and strategies as well as assessment tools and class management in general.

And speaking at the same function, Kansanshi Mining PLC Assistant General Manager, Allan Delaney, revealed that the company has set aside K7 million for next year to provide training in quality education for role model teachers to help each child to find, develop and live off their talents.

Mr Delany said it is the desire of Kansanshi to strive to create teachers who understand that their job is meant to stimulate and guide the child to engage in independent learning and thinking rather than to simply fill the child’s head with facts.

District Education Board Secretary, Frederick Mukinyi , several school managers and acting Patriotic Front provincial chairman Toby Kandulu attended the graduation .