The Citizens Democratic Party
P.O.Box 37277
Lusaka, Zambia.
Tel: +260-955-600674
Fifth Agenda

(i)Establish an education system that is relevant to Zambia’s development needs.
(ii)Increase enrollment and quality of the education system.

1.        Under funded and under employed education system

2.        Tuition fees for college and universities are too high

3.        Current education system inadequate to educate a competitive, disciplined and highly skilled work force with a strong ethical and moral values and commitment to excellence

1.        Address need for infrastructure and school supplies by instituting the School Adoption Program. Businesses may adopt schools by financially supporting them in exchange for
tax breaks and incentives proportional to the support. Allocation of funds in this program will be restricted to infrastructure and school supplies.

2.        The bursaries committee will be reorganized with more funding and renamed National Scholarships Council and its operations decentralized to the province.

3.        To mitigate the cost of tuition for college education and increase the levels of college graduates, high school graduates will be offered the opportunity to volunteer into teaching
service helping grade seven grade nine and grade twelve students prepare for exams, and other students that could be lugging behind.

4.        Schools shall be divided into School Districts Management Systems run by elected Management Boards. However, government grants shall continue to be provided to
supplement local government funds.

    Responsibility of overall provision of education shall be shared among the three levels of government as follows;

    i.        K to 7- district local government

    ii.       8 to 12- provincial government

    iii.      College and University- central government

5.       To prepare our work force for the future industrial growth, Community Based Job Training Grant –shall be established to enable local colleges work with employers to train
workers for high-tech Jobs in emerging industries.

6.        Address working conditions of teachers in primary and secondary education by substantial gradual increments over a period of 5 years in teachers’ compensation. This is to be
funded by reallocation of budget funds derived from the cost containment program.

7.        Address the administrative inadequacies of the ministry of education by optimizing the size of the workforce at the central office of the ministry of education.  Experienced workers
will be reassigned to assist in decentralization at provincial and district levels.

8.        Decentralizing the functions of the ministry of education. The subject policy and decision making body will be more responsive to the specific needs of schools when more
responsibility is transferred to the district and provincial level. National budget funds will be allocated to the provincial level and the provincial level will disperse available funds to the
district level.

9.        Vigorous central Government audits of dispersed funds at provincial and district level will be prioritized in the CDP government. Audits of the appropriation of funds from the
School Adoption Program will also fall under central governments jurisdiction.
The CDP Solution
The Problem
"Putting People First in quality education"

In the last two decades, we have seen the quality of education standards deteriorate. Due to high education fees,
Zambia has at the moment the lowest college graduates in history. This scenario is bad for our economy and the general
well being of our citizens, considering the advancement of the global society.

The CDP policy on education will focus on reorganization and making adjustments in order to effectively increase
education enrolment at primary, secondary and tertiary education levels, and INCREASE the QUALITY of education at all
levels as well. The former will be easily achieved as it is no secret that the majority of Zambians desire to be educated at
practically all levels. We intend to increase the quality by making mass investment in the education sector, taking the
same approach as in our health program. With this investment in mind, we intend to first increase the number of teaching
personnel and in turn improve compensation to our teaching personnel. In addition we will also ensure that we increase
and improve education facilities. The difference in our party will be that we will take action and prioritize education, as
there's no mystery to what is lacking in our current system regarding education. We believe an initial and absolute
commitment to improving our education levels and standards is what we require to fix the glaring problems Zambia
currently faces in this regard.
"Putting People First"
Draft Manifesto