Zambia VP says free education still on government agenda

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Zambian Vice-President Mutale Nalumango on Friday said government’s free education policy remains on the pathway to educating every child in the country.

“As government, our medium to long-term goal is education for all. The free education policy remains our pathway to educating every Zambian who is eligible to be in school,” she said during the vice-president’s question and answer session in parliament.

The Zambian vice-president however said the implementation of the program will be done in a gradual process because there were other requirements that needed to be put in place such as infrastructure and the recruitment of more teachers.

She however said implementing the policy will require huge financial resources due to the budget constraints, adding that it was the government’s duty to ensure that vulnerable and most deserving people were given first priority.

According to her, the free education policy will not apply to everyone but will be for the vulnerable, adding that the government will use the social welfare system to identify children to benefit from the free education policy.

The Hakainde Hichilema government promised free education from primary to university as one of the campaign promises ahead of last month’s general elections. Enditem

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