National Action for Quality Education (NAQEZ) Executive Director Aaron Chansa has expressed his divergent view concerning the planned transfer of all primary schools in Zambia to local authorities.
Mr. Chansa said in a telephone interview with Pan African Radio today the 5th April, 2017 that the concept of devolving education to councils is good but Zambia is not yet ready to undergo such a process.
He noted that almost all Local Authorities in Zambia are overwhelmed with huge administrative and financial constraints which have made them to be very incompetent as well as lacking the sense of urgency in service provision.
Mr. Chansa stated that in most cases the Zambian Councils have failed to provide just basic services to residents, adding that the transfer of all primary schools to local authorities would be a risky administrative experiment.
He has since urged the Ministry of Education to be extremely cautious on this exercise as it has the potential to destabilize the few gains the sector has so far scored.
The NAQEZ Executive Director further advised the Ministry of Education to clearly explain how it intends to devolve this very important service, and the exact roles officers in the Ministry of Education and those from local Government will be playing because their explanation would help to dispel the apprehension currently obtaining among teachers and other stakeholders.
“In most cases the Zambian Councils have failed to provide just basic services to residents” Mr. Chansa said