The Zambia National Education Coalition would like to express concern on the reported cases of gassing using unknown poisonous chemicals that took place at Lufwanyama Secondary School in Copperbelt, Maheba Boarding School in Kalumbila District in North-Western, Northmead Primary School in Lusaka and Kabwe Nursing School among others. It is unfortunate that these incidences have the potential to disrupt the teaching and learning processes in our schools and colleges. These incidences can also instill fear especially among our pupils and students in the targeted schools and colleges. To this effect, we would like to call upon the Ministry of General Education and the Ministry of Higher Education to issue a directive to all schools and colleges advising managements to heighten their security so that criminals do not have access to our schools and colleges. It is our hope that the college and school managements will collaborate with local Police Stations and local community structures such as Parent Teachers’ Associations and School Boards in putting in place adequate measures to secure the safety of our learners in our schools and colleges. This will help reduce anxiety and worries among the children and parents alike.
Finally, we would like to thank management from Northmead Primary School and the Police for their quick action that led to the arrest of the gassing suspect and it is our hope that all managements and learners will strengthen their collaboration with the Police in providing maximum security to our schools. For the affected schools and colleges, it is our hope that management in the affected institutions will also provide relevant counseling services to the learners.