- Category: Campaign Issues
- Published on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 00:00
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“Teachers are paid close to nothing. Their meager salaries are not delivered on time. Their housing is pathetic. As though that is not enough, they have to teach hungry students who are also over enrolled and have to walk long distances to get to the nearest school only to end up sitting on the floor due to lack of desks. Text books and other teaching aids are not there to assist students to learn better,” observed one Teacher from a rural school. Educational standards also require revision to allow a diploma holder proceed into third year as opposed to the two years.
UPND’s Education policy covers:
1.free, appropriate, good quality and non discriminatory education from primary school up to college and University level alongside private education facilities for those who are able to pay.
Both public and private education institutions shall be governed by common minimum standards.
The teaching of skills such as agriculture, brick laying, plumbing, mechanics, welding, carpentry, electrical and other trades shall be promoted to support formal and self employment;
2. improved education facilities close to the people (rural areas, compounds and
other urban places);
3.easy access to school, college and University places including adult literacy through expanded facilities and programmes
(rehabilitation and building of more schools and colleges supported by improved technical and research capabilities);
4. special education facilities to the differently abled;
5. better pay, housing, training, retraining and other conditions of service to teachers, lecturers and other education staff;
“To us HH represents the future. He is our hope for jobs with humane conditions. Others represent our bitter past. We do not need another Presidential by-election because even the world will not understand us. Its time for an energetic young man who holds tight our hopes and aspiration for change. “we want change! Real Change!”. To us, comrade HH is our friend indeed.
He came to our rescue when our friends where shoot at by the MMD Government’s police. He has been the major advocate for our rights. We do not have to fight for meal allowance (BC) anymore. SUKULU Mahala, NOW! We look forward to the UPND Government in October then we shall have said bye! bye! to school fees”. said Njanji Chawala a third year student Alice Yande Nachinsambwe a fourth year student at UNZA.
Better and sustainable labour and investment relations by fostering a genuine tripartite partnership involving:
a) workers (labour);
b) employers (investment) and;
This would be achieved, among others, through modern, fairly balanced but reasonably stable labour and investment policies, laws, procedures, processes and practices.
Overall, the main objective would be to achieve a balance between protecting workers' rights and promoting investment.
Employment is a Right for all
UPND will create more jobs through the planned increase in economic and social activities. Zambians including the youths, women and differently abled shall be accorded priority for employment in all companies on a principle of equal pay for equal work.
This measure is expected to encourage employment of more Zambians in addition to attracting some of those living outside the country to return home. At the same time, Zambia shall welcome and grant work and other relevant permits to individual and corporate citizens of the World who have specialist skills or bring into the country substantial investment to support success of an operation, job creation and sustenance for Zambians.
Depoliticise the public service, bring back professionalism in the service and strengthen public institutions for improved delivery.Zambians from all parts of the country including those abroad should have access to employment and promotion to higher levels in the service without discrimination.
conditions of service to all public service workers including men and women in uniform and Council employees so that these workers are able to acquire their own houses, cars and other assets through affordable loan schemes. In return, the workers should improve productivity and service delivery to the public. UPND will not demonise but work closely with Zambians living abroad, assist them to invest in Zambia and tap their network of contacts so as to increase investment flows into the country. Zambians living in other countries shall be treated as our ambassadors.