“Be Professional and Ethical” – Minister of Education Charges
The Minister of Education, Honourable Mr. Douglas Munsaka Syakalima, MP., has charged the departments, statutory bodies and institutions under the Ministry of Education to be professional and ethical in executing their duties.
The Honourable Minister said this when he addressed the heads of departments, statutory bodies and institutions under the Ministry of Education at a meeting designed to familiarise him with all the departments, statutory bodies and institutions under his charge.
The Minister of Education stated that the intertwined nature of the institutions that have been brought together under the new Ministry calls for more collaborative and concerted efforts by each department, statutory body and institution in order to enrich the education sector for the easier execution of the tasks that lay ahead.
“I want you all to make sure that we do what we are required to do in a professional and ethical manner, that way our combined efforts towards wanting Zambia to be where it is supposed to be will be achieved,” he said.
Mr. Syakalima acknowledged further the amalgamation of the Ministries of Higher and General Education by stating that despite the tasks that lay before the Ministry of Education being now huge, the human capital of the combined departments, statutory bodies and institutions under the Ministry of Education were equal to the task.
“The task ahead of us is huge. However, it is not bigger than a human being because human beings are the ones that created these tasks,” the Minister of Education said, continuing, “so we shall achieve those tasks because we are the ones who created them.”
The Honourable Minister further stated that achieving the task that lay ahead would be made easier as the departments, statutory bodies and institutions that were under the former Ministries of Higher and General Education seamlessly feed into each other and, as such, that will foster collaboration for the combined good of the education sector.
The Minister of Education expressed his great delight in meeting the heads of departments, statutory bodies and institutions under the Ministry.
“I am very happy to meet you (all) and I can see (from your presentations) that we are not far from what we were expecting, the reason why we called all of you together,” he said.
The meeting, which was held last week at the National Science Centre in Kabulonga, Lusaka, included the departments of University Education, Human Resources and Administration, Standards and Curriculum, Planning and Information, Open and Distance Education, School Health and Nutrition, Financial Management and Accounting, and Internal Audit.
Further, statutory bodies included the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) and Higher Education Loans & Scholarships Board (HELSB), whilst institutions included the hosts, the National Science Centre.
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