A tertiary education certificate holder can contest – High Court

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G 12 judgementHigh Court has today found that someone holding a tertiary education certificate but does not have a grade 12 certificate can stand in the 2016 elections.

Judge Dominic Sichinga SC delivered the verdict on Tuesday in Kabwe in a case where Sibongile Zulu as applicant sued the Electoral Commission of Zambia and the Attorney General as 1st and 2nd respondents respectively.

The Grade 12 requirement is one of the clauses in the new amended constitution that has been so contentious as many political leaders including some Ministers are said not to have the document.

“I am quite satisfied that a tertiary certification by this definition is higher than a ‘secondary education’ which according to the Education Act “means education provided from grades eight to twelve.” In this contest I accept the submissions highlighted by the learned Attorney-General that a qualification higher than secondary education or its equivalent renders a person eligible to context elective office under the impugned provisions of the constitution. In my view, a higher qualification includes any certification awarded by a tertiary institution or educational institution offering skills training,” reads some parts of Judge Schinga’s judgment which can be challenged in the Constitutional court.



8 Responses to A tertiary education certificate holder can contest – High Court

  1. This is good and the right way to go. Most who we are saying they do not have the grade 12 certificate have higher qualifications that are more important than grade 12 Certificate, even those with 3 0 levels at cambridge academically are better than the so called grade 12s . We need to understand how some people proceeded with their education, after form three some people were enrolled in teachers colleges and they became teachers, these can not be seen to be lower than the grade 12s

    Katuba old Boys
    May 11, 2016 at 6:49 am

    • True because there are people with G12 but who have abused their brains with Jameson, Chibuku, kachasu and others to the extent that they cant function at that level required. Should they be eligible more than one who is sober and applies himself and has a success record but without G12?

      May 11, 2016 at 7:36 am

  2. This is the correct interpretation I believe

    Truth Seeker
    May 11, 2016 at 6:49 am

  3. This is one of learned judge we have in zambia. We interpreted

    Mr Nice guy
    May 11, 2016 at 7:14 am

  4. I concur with this interpretation. There is no way you are going to reject a Professor on account of him not having a Grade Twelve Certificate. In my opinion as one continues acquiring higher education, the grade twelve certificate becomes irrelevant. Its absolute madness to reject someone with a Diploma in preference to a Grade 12 certificate holder. How one entered the higher learning Institution is of no value if at the end this Person obtained his qualification through the normal process of awarding such a qualification. As long as that certificate is not forged, it is higher than a grade 12 certificate. I have seen some comments on face book wondering as to whether those with Drivers licence also qualify. That is ridiculous because a Drivers License is not an academic qualification.

    May 11, 2016 at 7:15 am


    May 11, 2016 at 8:43 am

  6. Those are matero products. How does one climb a tree from the top? That is a special case and needs special attention.

    May 11, 2016 at 12:20 pm

  7. Uso, u can be on top of a tree by a rope from a plane above .sucess and hard work of individuals may or may not come from G 12 — as personal en economic realities of many zambians show,hence l support blackbird.

    robert sulamoyo jr
    May 12, 2016 at 1:59 am

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