Education may be understood as a system of formal teaching and learning as conducted through schools and other institutions. Levels of education in modern societies can go from preschools to colleges and universities.
Education is considered to be on the spotlight in every region in every continent but one would wonder when accessions are made against the Zambian government that they say one thing and in action does the other.
“The more you think you know, is the more you discover that you do not know.” Philosopher Socrates. On this principle many have endeavored to keep learn without stoppage.
It’s a pit to note how the people of Zambia determine to learn at all costs parents both rich and poor go to extremes to see their children attain the much needed education. I have seen people sell their most treasured possessions and I have seen certain people go into terrible activities to have their children get educated. But when all is said and done and these children have gone into the institutions then comes in the government to play its role.
Barely two weeks have passed since I witnessed a protest by the Mansa trades students who were expressing their grievance over the electricity status. I managed to talk to a leader in the institution who informed me how they have been not having electricity for years now and if they do one will need to light a candle to study even with bulbs on, the current is very poor. And how does one expect good performance from such a school where preparing for practical exams is impossible and studying is done in candle light.
While in Kitwe I noted how the city square is used constantly for every commemoration that is taking place. Everyone would agree with me that almost everyday today has its own event to be celebrated. Today it would be world AIDS Day tomorrow world Water Day another day world Secretary Day, world Forest day and many more. What buffers me is all these days are commemorated at the city square in Kitwe where there is a Public Library where people make payment to study every single day. And during these events megaphones are used the bands perform and many other activities and Ministers and many other government officials are always present without concern on the effects all these disturbances are having on those that are studying in the public Library.
Look at how many times the government forces institutions to close indefinitely, one would wonder if it’s the only resolution available for school grievances. And the sad thing is these closures are done at the cost of quality education and periods of course completion (People taking extra months others even extra years) due to disturbances that results in indefinite closures.
I do not want to talk about the quality of education being offered by institutions such as the Zambian Open University and many other Distance educations. I do not want to talk about the Exploitation to the general public by the institutions being advertised in the public media too.
What really is the Government doing about this kind of education conditions in Zambia?
By Heli Kaputo (Right Decisions Incorporated –CEO)