LONGMAN Publishers Zambia has reassured consumers that there will be no immediate change in its educational materials following the introduction of local languages at primary school level last year.
Speaking in an interview with Lusaka Star, Longman Zambia sales manager Mabvuto Zulu explained the company has for sometime now been publishing materials for grades one to seven in local languages and is for now unaffected by the syllabus change.
“This is not a new thing for us, we have been producing materials in the local languages and we will continue with this practice with the change in primary school syllabus,” he said.
Zulu pointed out that the company will only make changes to its publications if requested by the Curriculum Development Commission.
He added that although Longman Zambia has a bias for primary level education, the company also carters for the secondary and tertiary levels.
“Of course most of our materials are for the lower and primary levels, this is because we try to strengthen the educational foundation of our students,” he said.
Zulu further added that it is due to the company’s commitment to developing the Zambian educational sector that it has grown into the country’s leading publisher of educational materials.
Meanwhile, Liseteli Lubinda a primary school teacher in Lusaka has commended the move by government to introduce local languages as it will ensure students cherish their heritage through their school years.
Lubinda noted that since the introduction of local languages in the primary syllabus most pupils have become aware and appreciative of their culture.
“Our children are now able to know certain words and things that are distinct to our culture and tradition that would otherwise be nonexistent or nameless in the English language,” he added.