Zambia national education coalition (ZANEC) executive director Miriam chonya has ADVISED leaders to embrace DR Kenneth Kaunda’s culture and character of being nationalists in their national decision.
Meanwhile Mrs. chonya has also questioned the criteria government used in choosing which area should been give a university after it revealed that it will turn one school into a university in chinsali.
Speaking in an interview with radio phoenix, Mrs. Chonya has also advised the patriotic front government to implement it education policy under its manifesto if the goals under the education for all can be achieved.
Mrs Chonya says currently Zambia has only achieved the first goal out of six goals under the education for all and this is a source of worry and concern hence it is important that leaders make nationalist decision and not based on selfish and party interests.
The first education for all goal which is to Expand early childhood care and education calls for better and more possibilities to support young children, and their families and communities, in all the areas where the child is growing – physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually
The second goal which is Provide free and compulsory primary education for all sets the objective of seeing that all children go to school and finish primary education.
The third goal which is Promote learning and life skills for young people and adults places the emphasis on the learning needs of young people and adults in the context of lifelong learning.
Meanwhile the fourth goal which is Increase adult literacy by 50 per cent calls for a certain level of improvement in adult literacy by 2015 – it says that it should be 50 per cent better than it was in 2000.
the fifth goal, Achieve gender parity by 2005, gender equality by 2015 calls for an equal number of girls and boys to be enrolled in primary and secondary school by 2005 – this is what gender parity means.
The sixth goal which is to improve the quality of education calls for improvement in the quality of education in all its aspects, aiming for a situation where people can achieve excellence.
However out of this six goals Zambia has only achieved the first goal.