The Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education has started revising the current school curriculum in order to meet the emerging labour market demands.
Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary Patrick Nkanza said the Patriotic Front (PF) government was determined to address all the weaknesses in the current school curriculum that hinder the meaningful contribution of pupils to national development.
Dr. Nkanza said this in his address to pupils drawn from selected schools in Lusaka district who are attending a three day career guide talk organised by Lafarge Cement Company and the National Council for Construction (NCC) in Lusaka today.
He explained that after the revision of the current curriculum, the new one will provide a two tier system that will include the career path and vocational technical path for pupils from Grade 8 to 12.
Dr. Nkanza further explained that the new school curriculum was expected to address bottlenecks identified in the old curriculum that forced pupils to take an academic path even if they were not good in the academy subjects but were better in technical subjects.
And National Council for Construction (NCC) Board Member, Festo Musonda observed that technical jobs offer the best alternative to the current high unemployment levels in the country.
Mr. Musonda said technical jobs, unlike white collar jobs, offer life saving skills hence were the best solution to the existing unemployment levels in Zambia.
He explained that Zambia was slowly following the footprints of developed countries where people with technical jobs were well enumerated compared to those with white collar jobs.
Earlier, Lafarge Cement Zambia Head of Innovation and Extramile, Muchanga Mudenda said his company was happy to associate itself with programmes that were aimed at nurturing young people into responsible citizens.
Ms. Mudenda said Lafarge was ready to provide technical assistance to schools and initiatives in order to promote innovation among the young people.