PETER SICHALI writes

THE Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZNUT) in Muchinga has called on education authorities for an indaba to discuss the poor grade 7 and 9 examinations results.

ZNUT provincial organizing secretary Kasanda Nondo said the union was concerned with low pass rate for grade 7 and 9 for 2019 examinations.

Mr Nondo said he was shocked that Muchinga Province had continued to record poor results despite having motivated teachers who had been working tirelessly.

He however attributed the situation to poor school infrastructure, understaffing and failure to upgrade teachers.

“Muchinga Province has many teachers not upgraded and some teachers have been acting for more than six years,” he said

Mr Nondo appealed to government to deploy more teachers to Muchinga Province, upgrade schools and teachers with higher qualifications.

He said government should open up frozen positions of teachers in the province while at the same time improving funding to schools.

“We also appeal to government to improve funding to schools by ensuring that there is consistency in funding,

“The union is appealing to education authorities to call for an education indaba and to find means and ways of improving school results for the province,” Mr Nondo said.

Mr Nondo has asked teachers in all schools in the province to work extra hard to improve examination school results for the region.

He has also appealed to parents to encourage pupils to study hard.

Mr Nondo said teachers in Muchinga had been sacrificing a lot for the pupils and development of the province.

He said there was need for education stakeholders to share ideas with education authorities on how to improve the province.

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