How to improve education standards in Zambia


Dear Editor,

Thank you for allocating a whole page in this weeks  Sunday Nation (29.05.16) to an article by Prof. Mwiine Lubemba in which he bemoans what he calls the ‘‘education nightmare’’ in our schools and colleges. 

Education is vital for Zambia and the professor is right to complain about the current low standards in Government schools and colleges.

How can these standards be raised to acceptable levels?

To quote from the last sentence of Prof. Lubemba’s article, how can we ‘‘focus our educational resources on developing critical science and engineering skills that will move our education forward?’’

The answer is simple: ‘‘Through competition’’. That is the way to success in every field of human endeavour.

For competition produces high performance, and this is vital in the field of education no less than in sport. Privately run schools have to compete in order to attract fee-paying students.  And parents base their decision on the school’s reputation.

The same ought also to apply to schools run by Government.

The levels of funding they receive from Government ought to depend on the decisions of parents, and not merely on decisions made in the Ministry of Education, based on a school’s size and locality, or even on the personal relationship enjoyed by the head teacher with officials in the Ministry of Education.

This will compel Government-run schools to compete for parental support, just as private schools have to compete in order to obtain their financial needs from parents.

Competition between schools is the way to obtain the improvement in educational standards which is so vital for the future of Zambia.

Murray Sanderson,


Zambian youths, learn from your SA counterparts

Dear Editor,

I read with sadness the article that appeared in your paper ‘’South Africas unemployment crunch: Begging for jobs’’ – Daily Nation, May 27th, 2016).

It is sad to know that the unemployment levels in our sister country have risen to 26.7 per cent – the highest on record since 1995.

But despite the rise, the youths of that country haven’t given up on the hope of finding a job.

They go to lengths of marketing themselves by holding placards detailing their experience and skills in the busy streets of South Africa’s main cities.

While our friends in South Africa are marketing themselves in the streets in the hope of finding a job, our youths (Zambian) here seem to be busy day in and day out lazing around, drinking cheap beer in local bars.

And it seems this laziness has not spared our ladies too. As early as 06 hours in the morning, you will find a woman with a bottle of beer.

I guess the saying is true that gone are the days when our ladies used to cook like our mothers, now they drink more than our fathers.

You can say finding a job here in Zambia is difficult, too, but should that tell you not to try?

What we should know is that the number of unemployed youths will continue to rise if all we are going to do is sit, fold our hands and relax.

Remember, time wasted is never recovered because time waits for no man.

Settle for anything that comes your way. God works in mysterious ways.

Take me for example, I did purchasing and supply (CIPS) but my first job was to work as a general worker.

As the saying goes, ‘‘give it all your best and God will do the rest’’. I gave it my all and within two months, I was appointed operations manager, jumping all those who had worked there for years.

Remember, your choice is your future. Choose wisely.

Troy Mukupa

Matero, Lusaka

Let PF members see the bigger picture

Dear Editor,

I applied to stand as Executive Mayor of Kalulushi on the PF ticket and I was not adopted, ideally because there was only one position for the six of us who expressed our interest.

But what I have seen and which I personally consider to be the principal danger is the possibility of division among the PF supporters which may arise after names of adopted candidates were made public. On the one side there are the lackeys of pocket agendas; on the other, there are so many voices calling on especially those who were so desperate to get the nod but did not, to defect to the opposition. I have concrete reasons for fearing this danger.

The PF should rise above internal controversies that sometimes turn us into enemies because of old disputes or intrigues, ambitions or the machinations of Lungu haters. We must not allow anybody or anything to divide us.

Together, we have striven and struggled and together we have scored victories. In this same spirit and with this same determination, we must be ready to wage the most colossal, legitimate, worthy and necessary battle for Zambia’s future.

But please allow me to disagree with a section of the local PF leadership who hold the view that council, Parliament and mayoral positions are a preserve of elected party structure officials. The PF commands the largest following in Zambia, therefore it can never be practical that party positions can accommodate all of us.

After all, that is why there is what we call comparative advantage. Individuals contribute what they know to do best.

Therefore, I personally pledge to do what I have always done for the cause of the PF since 2001, to ensure that President Lungu and all those standing on the PF ticket are all elected on 11 August 2016.

Mukuka Chilufya


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One Response to “How to improve education standards in Zambia”

  1. Dr. Makasa Kasonde (Private Citizen) says:

    Curriculum development needs to be included on the list priorities. By curriculum, I am referring to the choice of material available as study subjects. I am also referring to the available technology, methodology and competences of the teachers. Most importantly, time allocation for practicals, labs, field trips, individual projects needs to be increased.


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