ZAMBIANS have been disappointed by the failure by the Patriotic Front (PF) Government to effectively manage the education sector that has remained exclusive to the elite few, United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has charged.
Mr Hichilema said the education sector has been neglected by the PF and that the UNPD in government would ensure that the sector was a priority so that it could be accessible to all regardless of their status in society.
Mr Hichilema said the PF had completely failed to manage the education sector and that the UPND was the only alternative that would improve the sector to the benefit of all Zambians.
He said in a statement that he was deeply saddened that the PF Government had neglected teachers and students thereby making education one of the worst performing sectors.
He stated that Zambia had a young population with great potential to move the country forward but that the potential was being under-utilized because of the poor management of the sector by a Government he said had no vision for the country.
Mr Hichilema has pledged that once elected president after the January 20 presidential election, he would ensure that his government prioritized reforming the education sector so that children and young adults could have full access to education.
He said it would be the policy of the UPND in government to ensure that every young citizen had access to free education from primary up to university while working at equipping youths with skills that would help them find meaningful and sustainable jobs.
“We have a young population with great potential. It is the young generation which if equipped with quality education will be able to move Zambia forward and that is why we have to make sure that our young people have access to the best education we can afford as a nation.
Many Zambians have been disappointed by the PF Government in the management of education. The PF promised the world to Zambians in every sector but failed to deliver.
Education is the last sector we can afford to mismanage but under the poor and divided leadership of the PF, the sector has suffered,” Mr Hichilema said.
He explained that the UPND would dedicate itself to promoting entrepreneurship by encouraging the young to start their own businesses with proper training.
He pledged that once the UPND was elected into government, it would embark on saving adding that with careful, competent and determined management, Zambia would be a different and admirable country in a short space of time.
“Education is the best investment. By investing properly in our children, we will create a generation of great Zambian businessmen and women, farmers, workers, entrepreneurs and politicians of tomorrow,” Mr Hichilema said.