Government plans to patent all innovations and inventions displayed by pupils from different provinces at the just-ended Junior Engineers Technicians and Scientists (JETS) National Science Centre.
Minister of Education, Douglas Siakalima, said the Ministry had engaged Patent and Company Registration Agency (PACRA) to ensure that all innovations by pupils were patented.
Syakalima said this when he transited from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to Oslo Norway to attend the Southern African Nordic Centre (SANC) themed ‘’the Role of Higher Education in Contributing to Just and Sustainable Futures on Wednesday.
According to a statement issued in Addis Ababa on Wednesday by First Secretary for Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in Ethiopia, Inutu Mwanza, the Minister said the move was aimed at ensuring that the pupils protect their inventions from being copied or stolen by others.
“This year alone, 184 new innovations will be provided with technological progress by providing a framework that stimulates competition and promotes the development of new and improved technologies,” Syakalima said.
The Minister also said the success of free education in Zambia had been anchored on the proper utilization of funds.
“Unlike in the past when a few people benefited from national coffers, President Hakainde Hichilema has ensured that national coffers are protected from looting,” he said.
The Minister disclosed that the latest statistics indicated that over 2 million pupils were now benefiting from the government policy of free education.
On early education, the Minister said the government intended to build 325 satellite centers of excellence to ensure that a number of children were reached, especially those in rural areas.
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