ZAMTEL in partnership with the Examinations Council of Zambia and the Ministry of General Education have launched an interactive e-Learning portal and Smart Revision platform to ensure continued learning.
The launch of both the e-Learning and Smart Revision portals, which are a complete package for providing alternative and supplementary learning resources for learners comes when the Ministry of Education wants to bridge learning gaps due to the closure of schools in light of Covid-19.
The national e-learning portal is an electronic platform for educators and learners which has various educational resources such as e-books, links for specialised services and virtual library.
The Smart Revision portal is hosting ECZ past examination papers together with model answers and revision tips for grades sevent nine and twelve as well as General Certificate of Education (GCE) candidates.
The platform is meant to help learners in examination classes from Grade 7, 9 and 12 prepare for examinations.
General Education Minister David Mabumba launched the two online platforms in Kasama at Kasama College of Education on Monday and hailed Zambia for the innovation.
Mr Mabumba said the Ministry of General Education will endeavour to continue meeting the educational needs of the learners and continue taking quality education services as close to the learners as possible.
He said Government is elated that ECZ has leveraged the services and expertise offered by Zamtel, good example of how partnerships among government institutions can make use of public infrastructure to benefit the people of Zambia.
He commended Zamtel for zero rating the two services during the Covid-19 period describing the gesture by Zamtel as patriotic.
And Zamtel Chief Executive Officer Sydney Mupeta said the launch of e-learning and Smart Revision is part of the digital journey that Zamtel has embarked on which has seen the company roll out a number of digital products on the market.
Mr Mupeta said the e-learning Platform contains rich educational resources including learning and teaching materials, eBooks, links to specialized services and virtual library.
He said the launch of e-learning and Smart Revision is part of the digital journey that Zamtel has embarked on which has seen the company roll out a number of digital products on the market.
“The launch of the e-learning and Smart Revision Platforms comes at a time when we are facing the challenges in the health sector which have forced the authorities to order the closure of all schools as a precautionary measure following the outbreak of Convid-19. With schools closed, the pupils can take advantage of these products to continue learning from their homes by accessing content online,” he said.
“The launch of these two products also speaks to the promotion of social distancing as a way of preventing the spread of Convid-19,” Mr Mupeta said.
Meanwhile, ECZ Director Michael Chilala said the e-Learning and Smart Revision portal completes the circle of e-education services that the Council is providing to learners.
He said the two platforms are the latest innovations that the Council has implemented after the successful roll out of the SMS results release and the online registration of candidates and the most recent e-statement of results taking away the paper based exam statements.
Lusaka City Council closes an illegal wine Factory at Evelyn Hone College.
THE Lusaka City Council (LCC) has warned all persons involved in illegal brewing and distribution of certified wines to stop operations before they are visited by the local authority. This comes in the wake of the LCC closing an illegal wine Factory at Evelyn Hone College.
Lusaka City Council Public Relations Manager George Sichimba said in a statement that this follows a complaint from the institution administration after it noticed a fermentation smell coming from the school canteen.
He said acting on the tip, a team of LCC Public health inspectors moved to the scene and found a wine Factory running and all process involved in the making and packaging of the product was been done in one place.
“Workers at the factory manually packaged the wine into bottles without any protective equipment and no measures were in place to allow for safe food handling. The factory was making wines labeled Zikomo, Chibe Pakapaka, Natotela, Zambezi, Sansamukeni and Banana Wine. At the time of Inspection, the owner of the factory was unable to produce any permits that allows them to manufacture and distribute the wine.” he said.
LCC has since Seized on Premise all goods that were in the factory until investigations are concluded.
Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) intercepts four trucks carrying assorted lotions worth over K1.7 million
ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda says the authority has seized 7, 030 x 50 Kg bags of maize, and 3,645 x 25 Kg of mealie meal which was smuggled in Chingola, Chipata, Chirundu, and Kasumbalesa.
And Sikalinda says the authority has also intercepted four (04) of assorted lotions worth over K1.7 million.
In a statement, Sikalinda said the consignments were declared at Chanida Border as cleaning materials by using an additional procedure code for Chipata General Hospital in order to enjoy an exemption from taxes.
He said alert ZRA officers intercepted the consignments in Katete and inspected the trucks.
Sikalinda said during the inspection, officers found that the trucks were loaded with assorted body lotions contrary to what was declared as cleaning materials for the hospital.
“Investigations have revealed that this is a pure case of smuggling through False Declaration, False Representation, Misclassifications, Document falsification and abuse of a Taxpayer Identification Number (TPIN) contrary to the customs and excise Act Cap 322 of the Laws of Zambia,” Sikalinda said.
Meanwhile, Sikalinda said ZRA has further seized 1044 x 50 Kgs of Maize Bran, and 261 x 20 litres of Cooking oil, and another 1,176 x 6 x 2 litres of cooking oil which was smuggled through various border points.
UNZA Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Tamala Kambikambi appointed to the Board of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) for a period of three (3) years
HIGHER Education Minister Dr Brian Mushimba has appointed University of Zambia (UNZA) Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr Tamala Kambikambi as Board member of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) Management Board.
Dr Kambikambi will join a group of other distinguished and eminent Zambians to provide strategic direction to the qualifications authority as Board member.
In a letter of appointment, the minister stated that Dr Kambikambi will serve for a tenure period of three years in accordance with the provisions of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) Act number 201.
This is according to a statement issued by UNZA Acting Head of Public Relations Dr Brenda Bukowa.