oa Africa Insight - Education in Zambia: quantitative expansion at the expense of qualitative improvement?

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



At the time of Independence in 1964, numbers in secondary and higher education in Zambia compared unfavourably with those In other ex-British colonial territories, though primary education was much better developed. To increase the supply of manpower in order to promote .economic growth, diversify the economy away from copper, achieve ""Zambianisation"" and fulfil rising educational expectations, Zambia embarked on a highly ambitious expansion programme at all levels of education, though expansion at secondary level was the most rapid in Africa. However, the consequences of rapid linear expansion must be reckoned within terms of quality and standards. A study of the Zambian educational system since Independence shows that it is not possible to separate quality and quantity in educational planning.

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