The Department of Immigration in North Western province has embarked on a sensitization exercise to educate school managers in the province to ensure foreign pupils acquire study permits before admitting them in learning institutions.
Immigration Department Public Relations Officer Namati Nshinka said in an interview with ZANIS in Solwezi that the department has observed that there are many foreigner children accessing education in both private and government schools without study permit in the province.
Mr Nshinka said this trend is against the Immigration Act no. 18 of 2010 which provides that school managers are not allowed to admit foreign pupils who have not obtained study permits from the Immigration department.
He said if the situation is left unchecked it has the potential to compromise the social security of the country.
Mr Nshinka noted that most school managers are ignorant of the provisions of the Immigration Act and have admitted foreigner pupils in their schools without study permits.
He said this has prompted the Immigration Department to embark on a sensitization exercise in all learning institutions to educate school managers about the provisions of the Act.
And Solwezi Technical Secondary Head Teacher Beatrice Chiyuka said the exercise will help school managers and pupils to be vigilant when dealing with foreign pupils.
North -Western province has in recent years recorded an increase in the number of foreigner nationals who have come to work in the mines and others businesses ventures.