Over 500 children of school going age at Nchelenge’s Kashitu village are said to be the village due to lack of school facilities in the area.
The village is on Chisenga Island which splits Lake Mweru and Luapula River has had
no school following the collapse of a community school last year.
This came to light when Nchelenge District Commissioner, Wilson Kasoloko and
Assistant Secretary in the Office of Luapula Province Permanent Secretary, Blackson
Thomas Ndhlovu visited the Island to assess the area following rising water on both
Lake Mweru and Luapula river.
Acting Kashitu village headman, Mwaba Chilalo told the entourage which included
Nchelenge Police Station Inspector, Cassius Lusambo that the community school
collapsed after it was abandoned by teachers after parents failed to contribute
K2,000 towards their (teachers’) salaries.
The headman explained that there are no nearby schools resulting in the children
being left to roam the village.
And Mr. Ndhlovu bemoaned that the children’s future was at stake who he observed had
now taken up fishing to pass time.