Nchelenge DEBS hails govt for revised curriculum

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-The District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) for Nchelenge in Luapula Province, Bennie Mwansa, has hailed the government for the implementing the revised curriculum in schools.

Mr Mwansa said the revised curriculum, that empowers the learner with academic and skills pathway, is the best the educational system in the history of this country.

He said President Michael Sata and his administration deserve to be commended for the bold decision to introduce the two pathway curriculum because it makes education meaningful.

The DEBS observed that the pupils have adapted very well to the use of the local languages as a tool of instruction in schools and are able to read at an early stage.

He noted that while the use of local languages has already started yielding the desirable results, the skills training component will help the country cultivate a productive cadre of school leavers.

Mr Mwansa said this in an interview with ZANIS in Nchelenge today.

And Nchelenge district in Luapula province has received 4, 500 grade one supplementary books from the government to enhance the implementation of the revised curriculum.

And Mr Mwansa said the books have since been distributed to primary schools.

Meanwhile, Mr Mwansa has complained that dubious transfers of teachers in schools are adversely affecting staffing levels in the district.

Mr Mwansa said Nchelenge district is on average losing at least 30 teachers per term to the Copperbelt and Lusaka provinces through dubious means.

He observed that female teachers are the major culprits and that they have been issued with regional transfers purportedly on marriage grounds without the blessings of his office.

However, Mr Mwansa hastily said his administration has put measures in place aimed at stopping the bogus transfers and ensure continuity and realisation of the revised curriculum.

He indicated that teachers handling grades one, five, eight and ten that are already implementing the revised mode of education will not be allowed to transfer during the calendar year unless on medical grounds.