Kafue MP cries for completion of secondary school

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:41:52 +0000


By Mukosela Kasalwe

KAFUE Member of Parliament Mirriam Chinyama has called on the Ministry of Education to expedite works on Chikupi Day Secondary School which has remained at roof level for three years.

The MP said this forced learners to walk long distances to seek education elsewhere.

Speaking in an interview over the weekend, Ms Chinyama said that walking long distances to schools posed a challenge in Kafue as learners sometimes covered up to 20 kilometres to reach the nearest secondary school.

She appealed to the Ministry of Education to facilitate the completion of Chikupi Day Secondary School which had been at roof level for over three years, with the infrastructure now deteriorating and expressed hope that once completed, it would ease the situation of pupils having to walk long distances from Chikupi or to Kafue Estates.

‘‘We have one unfinished secondary school in Kafue, the Chikupi Day Secondary School. This is a beautiful, fantastic building that has been at roof level for over three years and the infrastructure is slowly beginning to deteriorate.

‘‘So we would like to call on the Ministry of Education in particular to quickly complete the school as it will be able to ease the situation of learners walking long distances of over 20 kilometres to come and seek secondary education here in the Estates,’’ she said.

Ms Chinyama said that Kafue district was hit with high levels of poverty and looked forward to Government engagement following the declaration of the district as a steel and iron spillover city for the benefit of residents.

She also said that Kafue experienced late delivery of farming inputs such as fertilizer and seeds, stating that it was a recipe for hunger and urged the Government to quickly deliver inputs.

Ms Chinyama said access to water had also remained a challenge especially for far-flung areas and called on the Government to ensure the district also benefited from the sinking of boreholes as the rural area was mostly involved in farming and rearing of animals.

Earlier, Hungry Lion donated an assortment of goods to New Beginnings Children’s Village which included school bags, a water tank, umbrellas and food hampers.

Hungry Lion spokesperson Charles Botha said that the orphanage had been struggling with water reticulation for some time and expressed hope that the gesture would be of help.


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