General Education Minister, John Phiri says grade ones will be given competence tests before graduating to grade two.
Dr Phiri says the measure has been introduced to prevent the practice where children were being pushed to higher grades even without knowing how to read and write.
He said this in Solwezi where he he holding several meetings.
Dr Phiri says this is why the government has introduced the use of local languages from Grade 1 to 4.
And Dr Phiri has bemoaned the low passing rate of children in the North-Western province.
Meanwhile,government has stepped up the printing and distribution of education materials to schools.
The materials are in conformity with the revised curriculum.
And General Education Minister, John Phiri, has challenged technical secondary schools in the country to take advantage of the revised curriculum and produce technical staff that the country needs.
Dr Phiri says the country lacks technical expertise because of the way the education system has been run hence technical secondary schools have a critical role to play in producing the technical staff that the country needs.
He was speaking in Solwezi yesterday at Solwezi Technical Secondary School (SOLTECH).
Dr Phiri said school administrators should not use the lack of materials as an excuse for failure to implement the revised curriculum.
He said teachers should do their best in ensuring that the revised curriculum is implemented.
And SOLTECH head teacher, Given Mugwagwa, said the lack of workshops and adequate tools are hindering the effective learning and teaching of subjects under the vocational career pathway.