Youth and Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili has maintained that the compulsory skills training for school leavers at Zambia National Service will go ahead as planned.
And Kambwili has explained that once the programme is implemented, no school leaver will be considered for employment or issued with a visa without undergoing ZNS training first.
Mr. Kambwili has also disclosed that his ministry is currently consulting locally and internationally on how best the programme can be implemented.
He has bemoaned the tendency by a few Zambians to complain or criticize programmes that are for the benefit of the citizenry noting that the few parents who are rejecting the ZNS initiative are those that can afford to take their children to universities or abroad for training.
Kambwili said this in an interview with Flava Fm News Tuesday morning.
Mr. Kambwili stressed that the government is aiming at improving the lives of all Zambians especially the vulnerable groups in society through the re-introduction of compulsory ZNS training.
Mr. Kambwili last Friday told parliament that government will next year re-introduce compulsory national youth service skills training for school-leavers at ZNS camps countrywide.
He said the programme which will focus on training youths various entrepreneurial skills will however not incorporate the rigorous military training aspect.
The training will be conducted in the 81 districts of the country over 18 months.