FEMALE and male students at Choma Trades Training Institute have been sleeping in the same block of flats owing to inadequate boarding infrastructure for female students.
The institution, which was built in the 1970s, was initially meant for male students only.
It has emerged that female students at the institute occupy the ground floor of one of the hostels while their male counterparts sleep on the upper floor, a situation the students describe as “not conducive”.
This came to light during the institute’s 5th graduation ceremony in Choma on Friday.
In a vote of thanks, James Mukuka, a graduating student, said there is a dire need to build more hostels to cater for female students who were recently introduced to the institution.
“There is need for Government to help build hostels for the females. Currently, we are sharing a block of flats, and females sleep on the ground floor while the males sleep on the first floor.
“This situation is not conducive, our parents always express concern when they come to visit us,” Mr Mukuka, who graduated with an automotive craft certificate, said at the event graced by Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education David Mabumba.
Mr Mukuka said the institute has enough land for construction of more student hostels.
He also appealed to Government and other stakeholders to help restock the school library and workshops, which are in need of modern machinery.
“It’s been a challenge for us students to do our practicals because the equipment in our workshop is old, most of it was bought in the 70s.We also need modern books in our library,” he said.
Mr Mukuka said students will only excel if the learning environment is conducive.
He, however, thanked Government for providing bursaries for students.
Earlier, Principal Tom Kampamba said management has in the last five years been requesting the Ministry of Education to construct hostels for female students.