GUEST ARTICLE: The practibility of our education system

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By Valden Findlay

How about we completely overhaul our education system? I am not saying that our education system is fundamentally horrible or that other countries have better systems. No. What I am saying is that our education system seems not to be structured for our status quo.

I think, as a country, we deserve an education system tailored to us as Zambians, to our problems and their solutions, to our culture and to our time. Because as things stand, we are creating solutions to theoretical problems whilst we are neglecting real ones. In my opinion.

It does not make sense that in Zambia, mining science or something of that sort is not a subject. It provides over 60% of our income as a country why shouldn’t we be actively training young ones to understand and appreciate mining and its related components? By now, there wouldn’t need to hire expatriate experts. Zambia would have had the premier experts in copper and manganese mining.

That Agricultural science is optional when all our government policy seems to be focused on it. We have vast areas of arable land, a healthy young population, and slightly over 40% of all the water in Southern Africa. We can be the bread basket, but we have to choose to be. By now we should have experts in organic and inorganic fertilizer production, soil testing, plant and animal breeding and all.

And I do not understand why entrepreneurship isn’t even a subject when it is supposed to be taught from grade 1. If you just look at the economic activity. And for this one, I am even willing to help draw up a syllabus. It requires a project from learners every year, and you can carry over your project if it is doing fine and will be marked on business fundamentals.

It doesn’t make sense to me that we have to import even pots and pans. One can make these in the backyard with ancient tools and techniques. And now we are even importing furniture? And potatoes? And Oranges? And now Maize? How???

The problem is that we have very few skilled men and women but millions of educated youth all seeking to manage the very few skilled individuals. The ratio must be the other way round.

These are just my thoughts. You are welcome to argue and discuss in the comments section. Have a wonderful day.

Kalemba December 7, 2023

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