into materials hitch
The newly introduced curriculum in government schools is a non-starter because there are no materials to use and should immediately be done away with.
Some teachers that sought anonymity for fear of victimization said it was not fair for government to impose the use of the new curriculum on schools when the Ministry did not provide teaching materials
They said teachers did not understand the exercise and advised government to go back to the drawing board and involve teachers in planning to enable them understand exactly what was required of them.
“It is sad that government is imposing this on us when there was no formal training to equip us with the necessary skills to understand the new curriculum. We are appealing to government to reverse this decision if they want our children to obtain quality education.
“As teachers we are appealing to the Zambia National Teachers Union (ZNTU) to engage government on the matter and explain to them that most teachers are not conversant with the local languages in the areas they were teaching,” said a teacher from Kabwe.
The teacher said the policy makers should have considered what the teachers were praying for in order to attain quality results.
Government, the teacher said, should have consulted with them before embarking on the exercise that was so costly.
Meanwhile teachers in Western, Northern and Central Provinces have revealed that the abolishment of basic education has robbed the children of basic education as most pupils in rural areas could not be accommodated in the few secondary schools available.
They also said that most teachers in many parts of Zambia were teaching double classes without being paid dual class allowances by the ministry.