THE National Action for Quality Education in Zambia ( NAQEZ) director Aron Chansa has expressed shock that some individuals are busy calling for free Secondary education from the brand new UPND Government.
Mr. Chansa said that NAQEZ finds the demands premature, dishonest, unrealistic, unreasonable, gravely misleading and lacking any social, moral, economic and Political footing.
He said that at this stage people need to give the new team clear space to make obvious and necessary adjustments to create room for free education.
Mr. Chansa believes that free education is achievable as long as the Government gives the highest premium to education.
“At a time when all citizens, including school going Children, have legitimately given the new President time to settle down in office, calling for immediate offering of free education for all is unthinkable and regrettable.” He said
“We hold a strong view that free education for all cannot be realized in 2021 as the new administration will have to rearrange a number of economic and social parameters to facilitate the systematic implementation of free education in Zambia.”
“Knowledge is common that free education across board is not petty business, it demands for proper planning, major realignments and clear budgetary allocation to the sector.”
“Therefore, any well-meaning and reasonable Zambian cannot pressurize a Government which is just two days old,” he said.
He appealed to parents to ignore any uncharacteristic voice over free education but gain more patience and continue supporting education by paying school fees.
Mr. Chansa expressed hope that the new administration will soon prepare adequately and support free education, for the benefit of all citizens.