Government says it will soon reform the education system in order to make teaching and learning more responsive to overlapping demands.
Minister of General Education David Mabumba says government has embarked on five pillars of reforms in a bid to transform and reposition key components of Zambia’s education system.
Mr. Mabumba said the reforms focus on teacher recruitment and career progression, school furniture, text book development, school infrastructure as well as examinations.
Speaking in Kalabo Secondary School hall when he addressed teachers from across Kalabo district, today, Mr. Mabumba said government was upgrading 115 primary schools countrywide into secondary schools as part of the reforms.
Mr. Mabumba said there was need to decentralize teacher recruitment saying local teachers would be willing to stay in their respective schools where they have been deployed.
He said the Minister of General Education would also introduce levels among the teaching fraternity in order to motivate teachers by promoting them.
Speaking earlier, Kalabo District Commissioner Fridah Luhila said lack of teaching materials and inadequate funding were compromising the quality of education standards.
And delivering a vote of thanks, Kalabo Secondary School teacher Masheke Sikota pledged teachers’ loyalty to implementing the five pillars as shall be reformed.
Mr. Sikota further urged teachers to exercise accountability in their discharge of public funds.