NAQEZ opposes forcing of bankrupt schools to finance distribution of national examination papers
Written by newsroom on October 29, 2019
By Clinton Masumba in Kitwe
The National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) is disturbed with reports that the Ministry of General Education is asking bankrupt schools in the country to fund the distribution of national examination papers from Zonal centres to schools.
NAQEZ Executive Director Aaron Chansa has charged that the demand has come at a time when schools have financially been abandoned by the Ministry.
He has stated that some Schools have not received grants for term 3 while only about 30 % of pupils have paid schools fees further adding that the scenario has left most schools in Zambia failing to meet most of their important obligations.
Mr Chansa says in certain cases, headteachers of are actually using personal money to run certain school activities further wondering why the Ministry is asking such financially orphaned schools to fund an expensive exercise such as distribution of examination papers.
He has since challenged Minister of General Education to take personal interest in the matter and ensure schools are adequately funded to undertake such activities.
Mr Chansa has since appealed to the Ministry to provide a practical way in which schools will compel parents to pay schools fees adding that his organisation supported reduction of school fees with a view that many parents would manage to pay.