—–Vice President, Guy Scott, has called on teachers in Chipata district to refrain from engaging themselves in partisan politics.
Dr Scott stated that teaching is one of the most important professionals in the country, adding that teachers are intelligent and liked analysing issues but that should not be a passport to engage in partisan politics.
Speaking when he addressed teachers at Chipata Day and Kasenengwa Secondary Schools in Chipata today, Dr Scott stated that government was addressing numerous challenges faced by teachers by engaging their respective unions to better their lives.
And Dr Scott stated that there is need for people in the country to be patient with the draft constitution, noting that once the report from the Technical Committee is presented to government a stance will be known by all the citizens.
“Even myself I have not seen a copy of the Draft Constitution, maybe those that read the Watchdog have but there is need for people to wait until the Technical Committee gives the report to the President,” he stressed.
He stated that there is no need for cheep politicking on the Constitution and spearheading other agenda because government is committed to deliver a people-driven Constitution.
Dr Scott stated that what will come out from the current Constitution review sitting is a report not the actual constitution.
He noted that as normal practice the Technical Committee is expected to review previous constitution making before finalising the process in order to encompass other past views.
Meanwhile Eastern Province Minister, Malozo Sichone, has assured the teachers of government’s commitment in addressing accommodation challenges.
Mr Malozo stated that 22 Basic Schools have been upgraded to Secondary Schools, adding that five houses are to be built at each school to mitigate accommodation problems while the five community schools that have been upgraded will be given three houses each.
And Mr Malozo stated that government appreciates efforts put in by teachers in improving education standards.
He stated that sensitisation for various stakeholders on the new curriculum that has been introduced has already started.
The Minister stated that production for teaching materials for grades one, five, eight and ten has already been set.
And Deputy Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health, Jean Kapata, has expressed worry over poor 2013 Grade Nine results for the whole country.
Ms Kapata stated that the onus is on teachers to put in their best so that the scenario of poor results changes, adding that government is putting in the best to improve the results.