Naboye Combined School in Kafue, Zambia, runs afternoon classes for students who have failed their Grade 9 exams, giving them the chance to retake and re-enrol in school, or to gain qualifications that help them get better jobs.
Education in Zambia is free, but many students have to drop out after grade 9, either because they didn’t achieve the requisite six passes to complete their GCE exams and move up the school, or because economic and family pressures mean they can’t attend school full-time, having to earn money.
The afternoon classes run by the Academic Production Unit (APU) cater to around 500 learners from grade 9 to grade 12. Students have to pay a small fee for these classes, but they consider it well worth it for the opportunity to get back into the free education system, or to enhance their employability skills.
Computer Studies is a major focus. Some students find this practical and skill-based course easier than academic subjects, helping them on their way to passing GCE exams, while the older students who are unable to attend full time find it directly relevant to their employment prospects.
The eLearning centre at Naboye school was supplied and installed by Camara Zambia as part of our ‘Tech for All’ project funded by Lenovo. This is what the school’s headteacher, Mrs Zyambo, had to say: