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USER FEES SCRAPPING TO IMPACT SCHOOLS NEGATIVELY – REPORT

By ROGERS KALERO


INVESTIGATIONS carried out in Kamfinsa constituency have revealed that the scrapping of user fees and Parents Teachers Association (PTA) fund may affect some schools because most of them were using the funds to pay electricity and water bills.

Kamfinsa Member of Parliament Christopher Kang’ombe said during the tour of various schools in the constituency, that the schools were using the user fees and PTA to pay electricity and water bills.

Mr Kang’ombe has however urged Government to ensure that grants which would replace the user fees were paid on time to avoid schools owing water and electricity companies huge bills in unpaid water and electricity bills.

“My decision to tour the schools was to establish what challenges they were facing. One of the challenges they are facing include inadequate classroom blocks and stalled projects. The issue of scrapping user fees and PTA fund is another problem.

“The user fees and PTA was being used to pay water and electricity bills, but its scrapping may affect them. We just hope that the government grants which will replace the user fees and PTA will be released on time” Mr Kang’ombe said.

And Mr Kang’ombe has said encroaching on schools land can only be stopped by defining the boundaries of the school and then proceeding to put up beacons and possibly putting up the fence.

Mr Kang’ombe toured Miseshi Combined School, Wesley Nyirenda Combined School, Temwani Primary School, Ndeke Combined School, Justine Kabwe Combined School, Ndeke Secondary School and Chibansa Primary School.

He said he had taken note of the challenges the schools were facing and together with school administration would work hard to deliver quality education .

“As MP, I would like to see a situation where schools in Kamfnsa constituency are able to provide quality education by putting in place good infrastructure like laboratory and libraries.

“I will strive to ensure that I work hard to mobilise funds in collaboration with various stakeholders so that we can help to address challenges of hygiene, water reticulation and others which are of urgent attention,” he said..

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