In line with the 7th National National Development Programme (7NDP), the PF Government is making significant progress in infrastructure development; teacher training, recruitment and deployment improvement; equity and inclusive education enhancement; youth and Adult literacy expansion and improvement; and policy coordination, planning and information management improvement.
For example, during his address to Parliament on 14th September 2018, President Edgar Lungu, revealed that:
Through the girl’s education and women’s empowerment and livelihood project, government is supporting vulnerable women and girls. In 2017, 12,445 vulnerable women in 11 districts were empowered with life and business skills as well as provided with grants of K2,000 each. By the end of 2018, an additional 21,000 women in 31 districts were being supported.
Further, government is supporting over 15000 girls aged between 14 and 18 years to retained in school.
Government has not ended there.
President Lungu has the vision of making education in the country more futuristic and accessible to all, including the vulnerable strata of the society. He has implemented several changes in the education sector.
His government has taken cognizance of an equal distribution of opportunities. This has resulted in having an accessible and a quality educational system that is responsive to the challenges of our time.
The PF government is committed to allocating more resources to the education sector so that it can expand the access to primary, secondary, and tertiary education.
PF government views education as a primary factor in fighting poverty and hunger.
Education is among the founding principles which are integral to the government and the sector has received the biggest proportion of resource allocation.
The goal of the education sector is to increase equitable access to quality education and skills training to enhance human capacity for sustainable national development.
The government has been able to enhance and impart crucial skills training and has integrated technical and vocational training in an effort to ignite the entrepreneurial culture among the educated population.
This can be seen in the number of educational institutions that have been constructed in the country over the last few years PF has been in power.
The government is very proud to have built 4, 235 primary schools, 4, 690 secondary schools, 14 trade schools and 7 universities in addition to the ongoing rehabilitation of the existing colleges and universities. This has been further strengthened with the establishment of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (METS) schools of Excellence in all the 10 provinces of Zambia and progressively to districts before rolling out to the schools.
The PF Government has ensured that the allocation of resources is non-discriminatory so that the differently enabled individuals receive their share as the government rolls out educational programs. It has made education affordable. The Government presided over a transition from the bursary scheme to the student’s loan which is likely to support students from public and private universities.
Particular attention has been given to raising the bar of learning to mitigate inequities and inefficiencies. In the 10 years of being in power, the PF Government has increased the salaries of public service workers.
There has been a consistent facilitation of training and recruitment of teachers. Provision of quality and development-oriented teacher education programs ensuring that graduates are adequately equipped with subject-knowledge and pedagogical skills.
The curriculum has been revised to include agriculture, ICT and mathematics to ensure that it is responsive to modern day requirements. These subjects have been made compulsory in all schools.
The government has set a number of strategic priorities. These include nurturing strong partnerships with educational service providers, systemic restructuring and management capacity enhancement, and providing formal and alternative modes of education delivery.