(By Oswald Sichone in Kafue)
UNIVERSITY of Zambia deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Enala Mwase has urged parents to ensure that no child drops out of school because education is the best inheritance a parent can give to his children. Speaking during the 5th anniversary and graduation celebrations for Topgrade Academy in Kafue, Professor Mwase, who was represented at the event by UNZA senior lecturer Dr John Simwinga, called on parents to prioritise educating their children because education was an equaliser and the best inheritance for their offspring.
“At the University of Zambia where I come from, our motto is ‘Service with Excellence’. This therefore means that we value any effort that contributes to the attainment of academic excellence. Indeed excellence at the university level depends on the foundation that is laid at the lower ladder of education,” Prof Mwase said. She disclosed that research had shown that children with good exposure to early learning were more likely to excel better than those without.
“There is a big difference in terms of performance between pupils who went through early childhood education and those who didn’t. It is for this reason that as a university, we take keen interest and gladly interact with a wide range of players at various levels of the education system. I’m therefore excited to see that the school has a programme in early learning,” said Prof Mwase.
And Chonya commended the Kafue community for supporting Topgrade Academy, which has grown and become one of the best schools in the district. She said as a way of appreciating the community for it’s support, the school management had come up with a sponsorship programme, which supports orphans and vulnerable children, who could not afford to pay school fees.
“Apart from that, we have also undertaken cleaning works at Kafue General Hospital and have donated books to our local public library,” said Chonya
Kafue district education standards officer – general inspections Austin Kafuko commended private sector players in education for contributing to significant achievements in the education sector.
“Government appreciates the role played by the private sector in supplementing its efforts in education provision. This has helped government make education rights a reality for all,” he said.
He further commended Topgrade Academy for successfully implementing the early childhood education policy. He said the government had provided more opportunities for early childhood education by annexing early childhood centres in existing primary schools.