The Ministry of General Education in Eastern Province has warned Head teachers who enroll pupils that failed grade nine examinations, to grade six classes.
Provincial Education Officer, Allan Lingambe clarified saying that there is no policy which states that grade nine failures will be required to go back and repeat grade six.
Dr. Lingambe was reacting to reports that a head teacher at Chipikula Primary School in Paramount Chief Mpezeni’s area, has enrolled grade nine failures into grade six.
Dr. Lingambe, who confirmed receiving the report says he has instructed the District Education Board Secretary to summon the head teacher and warn him strongly, because he is misleading the community.
He says such classes will be disbanded and that head teachers will be disciplined.
Dr. Lingambe says he had a meeting with head teachers yesterday, to clarify on the matter.
He says the ministry’s policy is clear, affirming that pupils who fail grade nine, are given another opportunity to sit for examinations under external system and that, they only sit for subjects they did not do well.
Squatters in Chief Kapatamoyo’s area in Chipata may lose part of their farm land to accommodate a garbage dumpsite.
During a cholera update meeting yesterday, Chipata City Council District Planning Officer Edward Zulu, says officers, who visited the site for the new dumpsite found that a larger piece of land was occupied by maize fields.
He says that his office will re-engage Chief Kapatamoyo to help identify the owners of those fields and negotiate with them to vacate the area soon after harvesting their fields.
Mr. Zulu also indicated that the local authority is currently looking for extra 10 hectors of land for the dump site.
He explained that the council is still having challenges with some people, who are dumping garbage along the Kagunda road.
Mr. Zulu says that to avoid this, the council will engage local people to help direct trucks to the current dumpsite.
The National Democratic Alliance NDC says that former Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba is not their member.
In a statement availed to Breeze News, NDC National Youth Chairman Charles Kabwita says that Mr. Kalaba is however, free to join the party if he so wishes.
And Mr. Kabwita has distanced the NDC from a group of individuals that are spearheading the formation of a new political party.
He says that the party has intelligence information that the political party might be led by Mr. Kalaba, who is Bahati Member of Parliament.
Mr. Kabwita says that he would like to advise NDC members countrywide not to fall prey to such individuals championing the formation of this party.
He has charged that those handling Mr. Kalaba should stop masquerading as NDC members.
Mr. Kabwita says that Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili is still and remains NDC consultant.
However, on Thursday Mr. Kalaba said that he had no intentions of joining NDC and had not yet decided to form his own political party.