Every society requires adequate human and material resources to improve its social organisation, preserve the culture, enhance economic development and reform the political structures.
Education is often seen as a prerequisite for quality manpower development and creation of wealth, a sure path to success in life and service to humanity. But to provide quality education, which is a prerequisite to national development, we need teachers, and in the right numbers. This is because teachers play an important role in equipping citizens for their roles in society which are needed to achieve the set national objectives.
However, with the fast growing population, Zambia has had challenges in providing adequate teachers for the number of pupils in schools. For instance, in 2012 the UNESCO report rated Zambia eighth among countries with high pupil-teacher ratio globally with a ratio of 48 to 1. It is therefore gratifying that the Patriotic Front government has continued to show commitment towards enhancing the quality of education by recruiting more teachers.