Schools will not close; The School calendar will run along side the General Elections-PS

General Education Permanent Secretary for Technical Services Jobbicks Kalumba
General Education Permanent Secretary for Technical Services Jobbicks Kalumba

Ministry of General Education Permanent Secretary for Technical Services, Jobbicks Kalumba has emphasized that the school calendar will still run alongside the August 12, 2021, General elections as scheduled.

Dr. Kalumba said the Ministry will not heed calls by stakeholders in the education sector who are lobbying for Schools to be closed before the general elections as such may de-franchise pupils that have registered for voting at the respective schools.

Dr. Kalumba said this in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka yesterday.

‘If you say you close the school earlier than the elections then it means that you are going to de-franchise the children. We are working on a mechanism that will allow the children to vote and immediately they vote they even go home,” he stated.

Mr. Kalumba further advised that the Ministry is working on rearranging the calendar for a few days to allow for students and teachers that have registered as voters to pack and go home.


  1. But this should be critically analised, its so sensitive that children should not be xxposed to travelling with fear, as the outcome of the elections is not known and the tensien that might erupt during thise days. Pupils can be guvern the authority to vote forms and vite from their respective poling stations.

  2. Is it not just one day for voting?
    So why close schools?
    Lets hope results will not take two weeks
    To be announced.
    Even bigger countries like USA give
    Results in few days.

  3. School children voting,kkkkk,or its a mistake as usual.
    Who will send his/her children to school in the midst of tension.

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