Govt seeks to reform education system

The Ministries of Higher Education and General Education will beginning today host a three-day conference to interrogate the education system in the country.

Minister of Higher Education Professor Nkandu Luo told journalists at a joint press briefing, Monday, that the conference, which will be held at Mulungushi Conference Center, will identify various financing models that may be appropriate to deliver an education system that is desirable for Zambia.

“The education conference is a brain child of the Ministry of General Education and Ministry of Higher Education in an effort to engage the academic, professional, educational experts and industry with a view to improving the education system in the Country and extent to which it responds to the national requirement of human capital in the Country. It is also meant to moot the Country’s demographic dividend and how to harness the youth bulge through skills training. We want also to identify various financing models that may be appropriate to deliver the education system that is desirable for Zambia,” Prof Luo said.

The Minister said the conference, which is under the theme ‘Improving the quality of Zambia’s education, The education we want’ will target a maximum of 250 participants coming from various sectors.

“The conference targets a maximum of 250 participants coming from various we tors. The conference will also host an education exhibition with over 50 exhibitors in education science and information, communication and technology,” disclosed Prof Luo.

And Minister of General Education David Mabumba said three thematic areas would guide the discussions towards the transforming the education system in the Country.

“The conference will be structured around three thematic areas namely, quality of Zambia’s education system, education financing and social economic development in the education sector,”  said Mabumba.

The conference is expected to be officially opened by President Edgar Lungu.

         

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