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15,485 teachers have been employed countrywide, parliament told

Headlines 15,485 teachers have been employed countrywide, parliament told

Government has employed a total of 15, 485 teachers out of the 19, 519 who graduated from teacher training colleges between 2003 and 2006.

Education deputy minister Clement Sinyinda told Parliament today that of the 19,
519, 15, 803 teachers graduated from government schools while 3, 716 graduated from
private teachers’ colleges from 2003 to 2006.

Mr Sinyinda who is also Senanga MMD member of Parliament noted that 2003 recorded
the highest number of teachers graduating of about 4,741 from government colleges
while the private colleges recorded the highest number of graduates in 2006 of about
1, 104 teachers.

He further explained that of the 19, 519, 10, 467 were female and 9, 052 were male.

Mr Sinyinda was responding to a question from Opposition United Party for National
Development, UPND, Katombola member of Parliament, Regina Musokotwane who wanted to
know how many teachers graduated from teachers colleges between 2003 and 2006
countrywide.

And Mr Sinyinda said 15, 485 teachers were employed by government during the stated
years.

He however said no teacher was employed in 2003 due to government’s commitment to
reach the Highly Indebted Poor Countries Initiative, HIPC, completion point.

He also explained that his ministry expected all the teachers employed during the
stated period to have reported for work saying his ministry was however waiting for
a verification report.

And Parliament today heard that construction works on the D499 road in Gwembe valley
in southern province popularly known as the ‘Bottom’ road has started.

Works and Supply minister Kapembwa Simbao said the company contracted to work on the
741 kilometre road is already on site saying 97 kilometres from Chabbobboma to
Sinazeze would be worked on for a start.

Mr Simbao said Zambians should appreciate that work on the road has started after
over 20 years of lip service.

He advised Zambians to be positive in approaching matters of national development.

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