The Ministry of General Education says agricultural science will continue to be an optional subject despite government’s pronouncement to diversify the economy from mining to agriculture.
Ministry of General Education spokesperson, Hillary Chipango said agricultural science is a practical subject which needs vast land for where pupils can practice agricultural farming practices and techniques.
ZANIS reports that Mr Chipango said most schools do not have enough land for farming activities as they are located along the line of rail and urban settings that do not have access to land to do some farming activities.
He observed that making agricultural science a compulsory subject would disadvantage some pupils from schools that are located in the line of rail that do not have land for farming activities.
Mr. Chipango stressed that agricultural science is one of the vocational skills training courses that have since been introduced under the new curriculum to ensure that learners are empowered with skills.
He said that the revised curriculum will enable school drop outs and those that can’t find formal employment to use the acquired skills to survive.
Mr Chipango however noted that in the ministry’s quest to deliver quality education to the nation, the ministry will ensure that agriculture science becomes one of the key subjects so as to help young people work hard and acquire the skills.