ZAMBIA’S school curriculum has been ranked third in Africa attracting St. Jeff College Primary School of South Africa to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) to offer it examinations.
Minister of General Education Dennis Wanchinga is confident St. Jeff College Primary School will not be disappointed with the quality of service and assessments its learners will receive from ECZ.
Dr Wanchinga said this in a speech read for him by Ministry of General Education acting permanent secretary Lewis Mwape during the signing ceremony.
“The ECZ certificates, which will be offered to the successful candidates, have strong currency or value as it has been demonstrated by our people who have excelled wherever they have gone to study abroad. This is a good reflection of the standard of education which has been provided in this country,” he said.
Dr Wanchinga said ECZ is also in communication with private colleges of education in Botswana who also would like to sit for the ECZ teacher education examinations.
St. Jeff College Primary School chief proprietor Jeffrey Chikandi said the school has a capacity of 1,500 learners.
“After revision of the curriculum, Zambia is one of the best in terms of offering high standards of education even in the world,” he said.
Mr Chikandi said the Zambian curriculum does not only give a child academic credentials but also moulds their character.
“Since the introduction of the Zambian curriculum at the school, parents are very happy and some have already enrolled their children for grade one for the 2019 academic year.
“I can assure you that a child who is in Grade Six under the Zambian curriculum is able to challenge a Grade 12 pupil using the South African curriculum,” he said.
And ECZ director Michael Chilala said preliminary results under the new curriculum have shown reasonable improvement in terms of the performance of learners.