ZIPAR urges for community access to secondary school education

THERE are many cases of child marriages that take place in Nakonde district without the knowledge of relevant authorities. This vice has forced many girls to drop out of school.

A LOCAL think tank says lack of access to clean energy and secondary school education are the main contributors to poverty in Zambia, hence there is need for Government to ensure that everyone has access to these facilities.
Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) acting executive director Shebo Nalishebo said it may not be useful to invest in alternative sources of energy if it continues to be unaffordable for the poor as is the current situation with traditional energy sources.
Mr Nalishebo said this at the launch of the report titled; “Recounting the miseries of the poor – a multidimensional measurement of poverty in Zambia” on Wednesday.
“We commend the Government for initiating several projects to make alternative energy sources available, these should be made affordable for the poor,” he said.
Mr Nalishebo, however, said secondary education attainment continues to be a problem in Zambia.
He said despite primary education being free, access to secondary education remains limited.
Meanwhile, he said to reduce poverty to desirable levels in the country, Government needs to adopt the multidimensional approach to have a deeper understanding of the subject.
He said the reason poverty reduction has been slow is because Government has limited understanding of the subject.
CSPR executive director Felix Nshindano said with a better understanding of poverty, the country has the potential to reduce it to between 15 to 20 percent by 2020.
At the same occasion, Ministry of National Development and Planning permanent secretary Auxilia Ponga said the information provided in the report will enable better targeting of anti-poverty measures as it will provide data on what is of the utmost importance to the poor.
“The multidimensional approach serves as a check on the results of the income approach since it tells us what the developments are at the grass roots. In addition to its validatory role, multidimensional measurement of poverty allows us to relate common economic issues to poverty,” Dr Ponga said.

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