The HIV/AIDS pandemic has weakened the educational
system of Zambia with the death of trained teachers, administrators and other
key personnel, the Zambia Daily Mail reported on Wednesday.
Education Minister Godfrey Miyanda said the high cost of morbidity and mortality
also implies the resources which should have been spent on education provisions
have to be diverted to medical and funeral expenses.
Miyanda made the remarks Tuesday at Lusaka's Kabulonga Girls High School when he
launched HIV/AIDS education.
"It is not disputed that HIV/AIDS has impacted very heavily and negatively on
education provision and delivery in our country," he said.
Miyanda noted that his ministry has put in place some strategies in the fight
against the pandemic, which include introducing HIV/AIDS education in the school
curriculum and developing a life skills syllabus.
The ministry has also included the teaching of sexuality and personal
relationships and the provision of HIV/AIDS counseling services for teachers,
pupils and other education personnel, according to the minister.
Miyanda said information alone on HIV/AIDS is not enough to change behavior
because many young people possess a lot of it and yet they continue to get
He said although some noticeable reduction of infection rates among the youths
aged 14 to 19 has been observed, this should not masked the need for increased
and sustained advocacy for behavioral change.