Zambia needs more technical skills, insists UPPZ President Charles Chanda
By Derrick Sinjela
Positioning himself as a better choice to become Zambia’s Seventh Republican President, United Prosperous and Peaceful Zambia (UPPZ) leader Charles Chanda is calling for more practical skills being taught to pupils and students
While acknowledging some progress made since Zambia attained independence on Saturday 24th October 1964, Mr. Chanda says white collar jobs will not develop Zambia.
57-years after weaning herself from British Colonial rule, Mr. Chanda prefers blue collar jobs arguing that accountancy will not improve the economy.
“Our education is in a mess and needs a cleaner. It is part of our national problem as it increases the unemployment rate through those graduation gowns. How can you produce unproductive graduates in an economy that is underdeveloped?,” complained Chanda, three days or 72 hours before Zambia Vote on Thursday 12th August 2021.
In an apparent solution to increasing incomes and fighting rustic destitution, a contributor proposed increasing the number of schools in rural Zambia.
“If more schools were built in rural areas, the majority of jobless teachers may be absorbed, it is not that we have an excess of teachers, it is the shortage of infrastructure in rural areas which goes down to poor policies on education,” the contributor advised President Chanda.
Nebat Choko agreed with Chanda: “President Chanda you are right. On Thursday 12th August, 2021 and beyond you need to develop policies that will support such initiatives.
D’Angelo E. D’Silva asked President Chanda to elaborate on what he meant by unproductive education.
Said D’Angelo E.D’Silva: “How can they show their usefulness when they aren’t been given an opportunity to do so?”
Chanda responded: “D’Angelo E. D’Silva, that is what I mean. We are producing accountants that must be employed. Which University has produced graduates that can make cellular phones that are being used. Are telling me that you will wait to be employed if you can make a cellular phone”.
Israel KM quipped: “President Charles Chanda, or if you invent something new….”
Sylvia Mwaba Chikonde Sievu agreed with President Chanda’s radical proposal on transformation of the education sector.
Dumisile Thakatile Banda asked for more clarifications: “So, What must be done?”
Thabo Benson argued that not every pupil or student can eventually earn a skill as a technician or scientist.
Protested Mr. Benson: “But not everyone can be a technician or a scientist Mr. President (Charles Chanda). I am sure even you, if your firm is reasonably big in terms of the money you handle, you have an accountant?”
“Thabo Benson, we need to train more students in industrialisation,” advised Mr. Chanda, whose United Prosperous and Peaceful Zambia is preaching revitalisation of the manufacturing and industrisation sectors.