Address desk shortage Govt urged
By Staff Writer
National Action for Quality Education in Zambia ( NAQEZ) says that government is expected to quickly address the shortage of desks in schools due overwhelming enrollments of learners to free education.
NAQEZ Executive Director said the introduction of free education in public schools has caused the critical shortages of desks in schools across the Country.
Mr Chansa said the situation is forcing a lot of learners to sit on the floor giving the education sector a very bad image.
He said an estimation of over 1.5 million desks is need for the Ministry of Education to cure the academic disease.
Mr Chansa said that even the CDF which could have helped is too slow to enable schools purchase desks.
“While the nation commends the New Dawn Government for introducing free Primary and Secondary education, it has come to our attention that some schools, especially in North Western, have never received operational grants this year. This is an assault on efforts for quality education. Equally, most primary schools in urban areas have been receiving inadequate funding.
“We fear that this scenario will only succeed at promoting quantity education in the Country. It is not enough for an urban Primary School to receive less than K20,000 per term. If this continues, most Head teachers will constantly be under severe stress and panic moods.
He has also called on the Secretary to the Treasury to disclose how much was released for school operations in the second quarter.