Zambia: Focus on staff development in education institutions

STAFF development in higher learning institutions will be the focus for the government from now onwards, says education minister Dora Siliya.

In a speech read for her by education deputy minister Boniface Kawimbe during the launch of the Education Partnerships in Africa at the University of Zambia yesterday, Dr  Kawimbe said there was need to improve the quality of degree programmes offered at the institution in order to enhance the performance of graduates.

“The quality of degrees offered is critical to the performance of graduates and there is need for this school to look at the curriculum to ensure that it works out well for the graduates. It is for this reason that the private sector should be part of this programme we are launching today and we want to see this support being extended to all departments at the institution,” said Dr Kawimbe.

And EPA steering committee chairman Michael Tarney said there was need for accountability in procurement which he said should be undertaken in accordance with international standards.

“Please do not kill this programme through bureaucracy and inertia, the industry is willing to assist in a big way, but you must be organised, responsible and responsive. Projects must be delivered on time, and quality standards must be monitored and reported. Through this, the necessary trust can be built up between industry and the universities so that the programme becomes sustainable,” said Tarney.

Source – The Post Newspapers Zambia – By Moses Kuwema