By Patricia Mbewe
The National Action for Quality Education in Zambia –NAQEZ- has doubted the possibility of reopening schools for non-examination classes this year.
NAQEZ says its current assessment is that very few schools in Zambia would be in a position to accommodate more learners apart from examination classes because most schools, especially those in rural areas, have a critical shortage of desks and in some cases, pupils sit on the floor whilst learning.
According to Aaron Chansa, the NAQEZ Executive Director, available statistics indicate that the ministry of general education will need more than 1.3 million desks to remedy this crisis and until this number of desks is afforded, learners in non-examination classes may not open in 2020.
Mr. Chansa says NAQEZ therefore demands that the ministry of finance releases money for the ministry of general education to purchase desks because this is an urgent matter needing very serious national attention.
Efforts to get Ministry of General Education Permanent Secretary, Jobbicks Kalumba on the matter failed as his mobile phone went unanswered.
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