Free education is something we out to look for when it comes to political parties mission statements…

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 Free education, an important provision that professor Fashion Phiri urges voters in Zambia to look for when it comes to voting for politic parties, he wants people to make sure that it is included in the parties mission statement.

Professor Phiri is a chancellor at the African Research University and he believes that free education is possible.

Professor Phiri advises the next government to priorities education, adding that a weak education system will always give rise to a weak economy that will take the country down.

On Saturday, the Tanzanian President announced that 1.3 million pupils countrywide have been enrolled for primary education as a result of the introduction of free education by his administration.

Professor Phiri is from Zambia and he believes that free education to the citizens of Zambia is what helped develop the nation.

“Education is key in life, and serious countries like Tanzania are going in the right direction by providing free education to its people. So, as we go into this year’s elections, I urge voters to go for political parties that have a provision for free education in their manifestos,” Prof Phiri said. “I am urging the next government to take education as a matter of urgency; in terms of access and quality. If the next government won’t prioritize education, then we are not going anywhere as a country in the alleviation of poverty.”

He believes that a free education policy is possible in Zambia because the population size is not too big to make it so impossible.  “Our population is not that frightening that we can’t have a free education policy. Poverty eradication will not take place in full if we don’t have serious access to quality education. So, as we go to elections, I urge whoever is going to be elected to put education as a matter of urgency,” Prof Phiri said. “Education is a tool to poverty alleviation anywhere in the world. It is a tool to having a people that is open to ideas and even this violence we are currently having is not going to be there if people were really enlightened. Otherwise, we will be a country without direction if the next government will not take education seriously.”

The professor further said every nation’s economy reflects the state of how its people were enlightened.

“Our economy is anchored on the quality of brains we have as a nation. So, if we don’t invest in quality brains, we will always have a shaky economy. A weak education system will always culminate into a weak economy,” Prof Phiri reemphasized. “Zambians need education as a matter of right; we need a political party that will clearly show us how serious they are with education before voting them into government.”

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