GOVERNMENT attaches special attention to tertiary education and teacher training in particular because a teacher holds special significance in the education system of the country, says North-Western Province permanent secretary Amos Malupenga.
Mr. Malupenga said quality tertiary education was part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that Zambia was seriously trying to attain.
Speaking during the fourth graduation ceremony for 176 teachers at Solwezi College of Education, Mr. Malupenga said Government would not relent in ensuring that teacher training was accorded special priority.
“You agree with me that whoever can boast of sound education is indirectly ordirectly praising the teacher, hence the nobility of the profession.
“There can be no teacher without a teacher and that’s why Government attaches great importance to this profession,” said Mr Malupenga
The permanent secretary said in order to attain the MDG in education, Government was upgrading some colleges into universities such as Mukuba, Nkwame Nkrumah and Chalimbana. Government was also improving infrastructure through expansion of the already existing ones and building more colleges of education.
“Government is fully aware that quality teacher education is not attainable without commitment,” said Mr. Malupenga
He urged the graduates to be exemplary and adhere to their professional code of ethics because teachers were role models.
And Solwezi College of Education principal Tresford Musakanya said the institution has attained the highest final grade mean score of 60.02 percent with an overall percentage of 83.5 percent in comparison with other colleges.
He stated that 107 out of 176 students who sat for the final examinations obtained distinctions and merits, representing 61.9 percent.
He however observed that there was need to intensify efforts in providing quality education by reducing the number of referred candidates.
And in moving a vote of thanks, a graduating student Smart Kamalungu thanked Government for upgrading the college to start providing primary teacher diploma course. Mr Kamalungu said the graduates were ready to render service to the nation in a dedicated and selfless manner.