Deputy Education Minister Embarrased in Parliament

Education Deputy Minister Patrick Ngoma was embarrassingly asked to go and consult before coming back to parliament after failing to answer questions relating to the newly introduced local language policy for primary school children.

Ngoma came short after Mazabuka Central UPND Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo asked him to give a reason why a school in North Western Province was closed after pupils protested being taught in another language.

A confident Ngoma had initially casually responded to the question saying the situation was under control but had to bite his words when the discussion spiraled out of his league.

Follow up questions bared a deep seated problem that Matibini sensed and asked Ngoma to go back and consult his superiors before opening his mouth on the subject.

The parliamentarians wondered whether the policy was meant to regionalize the country where teachers could only teach in areas where they were competent in their native language.

The newly introduced policy has sparked anger among some areas where residents have not taken kindly to be forced to learn in another tongue.

Source : Zambia Reports

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