(…Global challenges towards Effective Education in Zambia.)
The dual citizenship gives people practical advantages such as more employment opportunities, education, easy travel and entitlement to the social programs of both countries. Though possessing two nationalities has some disadvantages too, this is not my interest in this article.
We can’t talk about the dual citizenship and ignore the most important issues surrounding the idea. Education is one of the issue. You will agree with me that over 40% of Zambians who are in foreign countries left the country with the motive of studies, some are successfully in universities and others are not due to an unacceptable Certificate, Diploma, etc in a particular country.
When the draft for Zambian Constitution reached the hands of the public, some issues where liked and accepted by most Zambians just in the first session and others were debatable. The dual citizenship was one of the ideas which were welcomed by many Zambians who are in foreign countries and many other local business men and women.
But we cannot talk about dual citizenship without talking about the key to every success which is Education. Dual Citizenship-Dual Education, but is our Certificates, Diplomas or Degrees, acceptable in foreign countries?
In dual citizenship it’s not only the political and social relationship between Zambia and any other adopted country but academic relationship as well, Therefore, there is need for the government of Zambia to strengthen the academic grades to meet the standard in many countries, due to the fact that most of our family members, friends and fellow citizens who go out for studies, their Certificates, Diplomas etc are not easily accepted in most universities.
Today in many countries the Zambian Embassy Offices face this challenge from many students who are denied in schools and the Embassy has no idea of how to help these students or job seekers. Hence, there is high demand for Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ) to look into this issue as well, so that our people don’t get desperate out there. They say; the world has become a village due to Technology studies and Zambia is part of this global system.
Hence, there is need to secure our Zambian people before they leave our country and we can only do this by strengthening the Education sector (grades) it is noted that some Zambians with good papers are denied to enter in universities to upgrade their papers and when these people can’t find school or work, they end up finding lawless businesses for survive. Now can it be that our academic “Grade” is that low to meet the International Education Standards?
Law and rules surrounding the dual citizen in Zambia should not forget to consider this important issue because education is the key to every success in every state. Education is the best security for our brothers and sisters out there. So lets put this into consideration before dual citizenship becomes an issue.