Minister of General Education David Mabumba says his ministry is currently carrying out consultations on the review of the school calendar to ensure that the teacher pupil contact is increased.
Mr. Mabumba says various stakeholders such as the unions, parents and Members of Parliaments will be involved in the review of the school calendar.
He says among the variable that might be considered during the consultations process is the need to introduce school holiday during winter and the rain season.
Mr. Mabumba said this when he responded to Milenge Member of Parliament Mwansa Mbulakulima who wanted to find out whether Government has any plans to introduce school holidays during the cold season.
He said he has observed that children in his constituency resort to staying away from school in the cold season because they do not have proper clothing.
The Minister noted that Zambia is the only country that has many school holidays in the SADC region leading to less time between the pupils and the teacher.