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NAQEZ urges candidates to state road maps for attaining inclusive and quality education

THE National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) says it is very disappointed that almost all the contesting political parties have not outlined what exactly Zambians expect to see in the education sector after next month’s elections.

Executive director Aaron Chansa has challenged the 16 political parties contesting the August 12 general election to clearly tell the voters what they will do in the education sector between 2021 and 2026.

“NAQEZ is very disappointed that almost all the contesting political parties have not outlined what exactly Zambians expect to see in the education sector after voting next month. We are wondering why most electoral competitors have not given maximum attention to educational issues. This blacklisting of education on the campaign menu must worry all Zambians,” he said. “Before the poll day, we demand serious pronouncements from all the 16 political parties on a number of pertinent educational issues. Chief among these matters is the funding to education. Each party should outline how the sector will be funded and to what extent government will provide free education to citizens. We need to know how each party plans to review school and university curricular as well as plans to make the system resilient against pandemics.”

Chansa said Zambians would also expect all the 16 political parties to lay out plans on how they would engage the more than 58,000 unemployed teachers, upgrade teachers, gazette newly upgraded schools, confirm thousands of teachers and make education available to all learners amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Between today and 12th August, we hope to see all aspiring leaders use public and private media platforms to state road maps for the attainment of inclusive and quality education in Zambia,” he said.

Chansa implored Zambians to ask all the candidates, at whatever level, to present their manifestos on education.

“Education is consumed by all of us; it is a super public good. Teaching is a mother of all professions and its importance should always be magnified during an election year,” said Chansa.

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