PROTUZ calls for faster distribution of teaching aids

Some of the teachers who attended the World Teachers Day celebrations in Lusaka last year. Picture: COLLINS PHIRI.

THE Professional Teachers Union of Zambia (PROTUZ) is concerned about the slow pace at which teaching aids are being distributed especially in schools located in remote areas.
PROTUZ Copperbelt secretary Bernard Simwanza said in a statement yesterday that a number of learners in rural areas would be disadvantaged in this year’s grade nine examinations because their schools have no learning materials.
Mr Simwanza said this year’s examinations would be based on the new curriculum and entails pupils being examined in computer lessons while pupils are also required to conduct practicals in integrated science.
“However, schools in remote areas up to now do not have any single computer nor do they have pieces of apparatus for practical (lessons) in science,” he said.
Mr Simwanza said the challenge is more serious in primary schools without competent teachers to teach computer lessons.
He wondered how this year’s exams would be conducted and if they will be fair for all learners across the country.
“Our appeal to Government is for them to urgently provide the lacking schools with the materials they need as we prepare for the 2015 final examinations,” he said.
Mr Simwanza said the union had visited schools in Lufwanyama, Mpongwe, and Masaiti and the situation on the ground indicates that teachers are not ready to implement the new curriculum.
He said there is need to take the education sector seriously by ensuring that adequate materials are provided to enhance education as an effective tool for fighting poverty.

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