The Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) in Northern Province has expressed its disappointment for revision of a Grade-12 minimum qualification for people seeking public office in the country.
JCTR regional coordinator, Felix Chiwela says it is unfortunate that some politicians are not comfortable with the Grade 12 qualification when it was passed by Parliament last year.
Mr. Chiwela wondered why some political parties were now condemning the clause for minimum qualification for individuals seeking to be
elected Councillors or Members of Parliament when they in-fact advocated for the same in the past.
He told ZANIS in an interview in Kasama today that Government should not to rescind its decision on the matter, adding that doing so may go against the
wishes of majority Zambians who are comfortable with the clause.
Mr. Chiwela observed that the reviewing the Grade 12 clause in the constitution will also increase levels of illiteracy in the nation as
some people may not value the importance of education to national development.
The JCTR regional coordinator has since urged some politicians who do not have G12 certificates to go back to school and obtain the qualification in
order to add value to political dispensation of the country.
Of late, there has been a debate among sections of society regarding the constitutional requirement for one to hold a minimum of Grade 12
in order to seek for election to public office.