By NANCY SIAME
FIRST Lady Christine Kaseba has commended Government for giving special attention to education but that more can be done to improve the sector.
Dr Kaseba appealed to Government to give special attention to schools in rural areas as much as it does to urban ones.
She said this at State House yesterday when she mentored 60 pupils from different parts of the country under theÂ sponsored by Stanbic Zambia.
Dr Kaseba said the quality of education in rural areas has been going down and Government should find ways of addressing the situation.
She said the construction of schools countrywide is a good thing but government needs to recruit more teachers to be stationed at schools under construction.
â€œThe quality of education in rural areas has been going down and we have not been doing so well where secondary and tertiary education is concerned, especially in the rural areas,â€ she said.
Dr Kaseba said there is need to recruit more teachers to improve education standards.
She said most pupils in rural areas face challenges academically and socially and Government should look into their plight to ensure that they do not drop out of school.
Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education John Phiri said Government will work hard to ensure that more school spaces are created for boys and girls in rural areas.
â€œMost of these pupils that have no space are actually in the rural areas,â€ Dr Phiri said.
He said additional space will be created with the 22 secondary schools that are being upgraded and the ones that are under construction.
Dr Phiri commended Dr Kaseba for supporting the education sector and mentoring the young generation.
â€œI would like to commend you madam First Lady for consistency and dedication to better the lives of Zambian children,â€ Dr Phiri said.
And Stanbic Bank Zambia managing director Charles Mudiwa said the company has so far spent K475,000 on the programme and intends to spend more in future to grow the project.
Mr Mudiwa said the bank will continue partnering with government to grow the education sector.
Stanbic also presented a cheque worth K135,000 to Junior Achievement Zambia.
Earlier, Dr Kaseba held a mentorship talk with the 40 girls and 20 boys where President Sata made a surprise visit and greeted each and every child while joking with them.
Dr Kaseba also presented the pupils with certificates as well as school accessories and hosted a luncheon for them.
By NANCY SIAME