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Friday, January 22, 2021

Government Orders Private Schools that have Opened Schools to Close Immediately

Headlines Government Orders Private Schools that have Opened Schools to Close Immediately

General Education Permanent Secretary in charge of technical services Jobbicks Kalumba has issued an ultimatum to all private schools who have opened schools to immediately close and release innocent pupils by 17:00 hours today until 18th January or risk stern action against them.

Stressing that punitive measures will be taken against all erring schools failing to abide by the ultimatum, Dr. Kalumba has since directed all the Provincial Education Officers (PEOs) countrywide to monitor compliance on private schools that have re-opened schools today.

Sounding the warning in Chinsali this morning, Dr Kalumba expressed his disappointment with some private schools opposing government’s directives for selfish ends.

Private schools should not be sacrificing pupils in the name of catching up with lost time amid a second wave of COVID -19 whose symptoms are yet to be studied by health experts and how to protect the pupils as they open schools on January 18, he explained.

“Private schools must learn to respect government directives because there is a reason to every extension of school opening ,because general education caters for a majority of children who need to be protected from second wave of COVID -19,” the Permanent said.

A check by ZANIS in Chinsali found all schools closed. Witaya private school proprietors Benard Siame said that he has abided by the directive that was issued by Ministry of general education of opening on 18th January.

Mr.Siame explained that private schools must learn to respect government directives and work in harmony saying they all affiliate to the ministry.

Government through the ministry of general education, announced the rescheduling of the opening date for all schools from 4th to 18th January,2021 which some private schools in some provinces have disregarded.

40 COMMENTS

  1. I think we must be able to identify which Government policies or pronouncements should be binding on all schools and those which are only on public schools.
    Because one day the government will announce fees for secondary schools. Will it be binding even on private schools?

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  2. Examine their covid protocols before you throw a useless blanket rule on everyone. Kanshi imwe ma Zambian ni cani so? Ni punishment and threats of punishment day in day out.

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  3. Close the schools. Life is more important than school. We can always educate our people in future but you can’t replace life

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  4. QUOTE;Private schools should not be sacrificing pupils in the name of catching up with lost time amid a second wave of COVID -19 whose symptoms are yet to be studied by health experts and how to protect the pupils as they open schools on January 18, he explained.

    FIRST THE DIRECTIVE WAS GIVEN SO THAT TEACHERS CAN RECUPERATE AFTER THE LATE EXAMS, NANGA SECOND WAVE YANGENAMO BWANJI?

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  5. That’s the problem when you live your entire life getting a GRZ salary. You don’t understand the dynamics of business. Private schools never had any income for six months and never paid their teachers. If they open on 18 January there’s no parent that’ll pay school fees on the spot so it means teachers won’t have their January salaries. Some borrowed to expand their schools and risk their properties being seized. Bwana Jobbicks don’t just issue directives, learn to consult. When you’re in town meet your workers, have you ever met owners of private schools? Colleges have also opened and are also crowded. So what have you to say to that? This isn’t your country alone. You’ll have your salary whether you work or not, that isn’t the same with private schools

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  6. Private schools always followed a different calendar especially those that do the Cambridge International Examinations. Next time you are going to tell them not to write the examinations which are international. The Health and District Education Management should have done the COVID 19 compliance assessments before issuing such useless threats. Please learn to communicate with people without issuing threats.
    Anyone complaining of the school fees now must be ashamed of themselves. Didn’t you know that schools were re opening in January? If you can’t afford, please put your kids in schools you can afford because expensive schools don’t guarantee good results.
    The problem is you want to compete with your neighbors and work mates that you are taking your children to private school. No…

  7. I hope government will be paying salaries in private schools. This country is unfortunate, we have story tellers, dreamers and those who eat with both hands at the helm of education. We hear of fellows who want teachers to become “entrepreneurs” and hold them down while attempting to to do their jobs. Personally, I am ashamed to be Zambian!

  8. Government should just give a concrete reason of opening of the school on the 18th coz its a very big challenge for the private schools to coup or manage in terms of salaries and other payments like ZRA, ground rents , water bills and other things

  9. Zimbabwe sharing the border with South Africa has gone into lockdown and announced schools are not opening anytime soon. There is a rise in Covid-19 cases and we should expect Zambia to follow suit.

  10. Whereas this policy directive is welcome, we however hope by January 18 the directive and any other after that will be based on epidemiological evidence on incidence of Covid among school children. For it is that to date, this is a grey area.

  11. Meanwhile pubs and churches where their are lunatics yelling nonsense in close proximity to one another are open!!

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  12. Thanks Dr. Jobbicks Kalumba. Life is more precious than money. You can replace money if lost but not life. Zimbabwe has just announced lockdown and all schools will not reopen anytime soon becoz of new wave of COVID 19.

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  13. Tarino why are cases very high there in the land of your masters where you are stationed. Stop hating on your own kind you monkey

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  14. YEAH CLOSE THE SCHOOLS AS MOTOR MOUTH SUGESTS
    THE MORE ILLTERATE AROUND THE VOTES PF GET
    DOWN WITH EDUCTATION UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION

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  15. I agree with Kaizer, why are they letting mama inonge travelling everywhere under COVID when she is in the vulnerable category. Can Chilufya help on this!

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