UPND Chairperson for Information and Publicity Charles Kakoma has said that it is a shame that that countries such as Rwanda, war torn even in the 1990s, is now far better in Information and Technology infrastructure than the so called peaceful Zambia.
In a statement released to the media in reaction that to a story that Grade 9 pupils had to wait till midnight to write ICT exams due to lack of computers, Mr Kakoma said that introducing compulsory computer lessons and examination is one policy that his party warned the PF Government that it would not work due to a lack of facilities, which has now only worsened due to current load shedding.
Below is the full statement
When we advise our friends in the PF to implement projects and ideas with a thorough and well thought out plan they claim we are bitter.
The case of introducing compulsory computer lessons and examination is one policy that we warned them would not work due to a lack of facilities, which has now only worsened due to current load shedding.
The PF have been risking the future prospects of our children across the country by making them sit for these exams sometimes until the early hours of the morning and without food. How do we expect children to have good grades when they are writing their exams half asleep?
The same President Edgar Lungu was busy insulting and threatening teachers across the country if they decampaign him. How does he expect any teacher to be cheering for him when they are being subjected to such poor working conditions?
Our teachers and civil servants are already facing serious economic hardships and now we add such inhuman treatment to both teachers and our children.
The money the PF leaders are using gallivanting the world in private jets would go a long way in purchasing computers for schools and some gensets. The same could be said for the money spent on the more than 30 parliamentary by elections since 2011.
What a shame that countries such as Rwanda, war torn even in the 1990s, is now far better in Information and Technology infrastructure than the so called peaceful Zambia.
If the PF cannot plan for such matters, how do we expect them to deal with issues of mine joblessness, high inflation, economic diversification programmes and job creation?
UPND Chairperson for Information and Publicity