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Hichilema announces zero fees for all pupils in Zambia’s public schools

ZAMBIA’S President Hakainde Hichilema has announced that from January 2022 school fees will be abolished for Public schools, fulfilling his party’s UPND campaign promise of free education for all.

In a social media statement this Wednesday afternoon, Hichilema said the recent hikes in fuel and electricity prices were meant to cover the cost of providing free education in public schools.

“Did you ever imagine that you will be entering January without worrying about school fees? Yes. January 2022, if you have a child in a public school, you won’t pay anything.

“This is what we promised and we have delivered. When we removed fuel subsidies, this is what we intended for our people,” Hichilema said.

He added that education is the best equaliser and the UPND government stands by this, which is why in the 2022 budget, his government allocated K18.1 billion to education which is 10.4% of the total budget.

This is the largest allocation for education in the last 5 years.

Meanwhile, Zambia’s Education Minister Douglas Siakalima said that the removal of subsidies is meant to enhance service delivery in sectors such as education that have been receiving inadequate funding in the past.

Siakalima said that it is the intention of the government to increase funding to the social sector but this can only be done when the country has marshaled enough domestic resources.

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