SOME schools on the Copperbelt are planning to surrender some distributed books in the new curriculum because they do not conform well to the Zambian curriculum, it has been learnt.
The teachers said they were on the ground and have realised that most of the schools were in possession of wrong materials that was slowly affecting the education system in the country.
“Even during the marking process of 2015 examination papers in Eastern Province, we learnt that more should be done because those books that have been distributed in schools are irrelevant and it will be better to surrender them to provincial education office, so that we are given books that will be of help to learners.
“As teachers we agreed that we should surrender the books that were distributed to schools to provincial headquarters because they are not helping in anyway; and if the permanent secretary could find time to visit the schools, he will hear what the schools have to say,” a teacher said.
The teachers have advised Government not to ignore such concerns but address them through inspection of schools to get the views of users.
“This must be treated as a matter of urgency because these books are not of standard and cannot cover the new syllabuses adequately as required by the Ministry of Education itself.
‘‘Some books have incorrect orthography in case of local languages, and these are things which some District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) know,’’ a teacher said.
But the teachers union told the Daily Nation that they have not received such a report but would make a follow-up.
“We have just started a new year and in the first term, if there are such challenges they have to be addressed because they might affect us as teachers in the education sector,” the official said.