SATURDAY POST August 25, 2007
The headline “if you can’t afford school ….don’t bear children’, made sad reading. It is unfortunate that this statement has come at a time when our President has assumed the SADC chairmanship.
In the year 2000, 188 nations in the UN, Zambia inclusive, made a commitment to achieving the Millennium Development goals (MDGs) by the year 2015 and I would like to bring to the attention of the president, goal number two which says “ achieving Universal Primary Education by 2015”. So what the president is saying is that we should stop having children until the government fulfills its commitment to providing primary education for all.
Now I have no doubt that our government is just paying lip-service to the MDGs. The president says he is a wrong sympathizer on the plight of the majority poor Zambians who cannot even afford “Pamela” per day. Has he forgotten that the majority of his votes came from these same people he is telling to plead guilty to poverty? I think politicians, not Zambians, forget easily. Findlay was simply relaying a message from the people at the grassroots who are exploited by selfish school heads each time the schools open. It is now clear that our president likes to be appeased with speeches like, “90 per cent of the people on the Copperbelt are with you”.
Doesn’t the President know that some children are not allowed to learn until school fees are paid? I am not a lawyer by profession but what I know is weather it is PTA charge or not, it still remains a school fee.
What makes the President think that schools are not charging too much on PTA fees? Has he ever bothered to find out how much schools are demanding from pupils for various projects? He boasts that he is lawyer wama (of) lawyer. But thank God we have Jesus Christ who is the lawyer wama people (rich and poor, great and small).
Jubilee Centre Staff