Namatama Basic School in Livingstone is faced with a number of challenges that have negatively affected the performance of the pupils at the learning institution.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Livingstone yesterday Head teacher Grace Sipobole said the school lacked basic necessities to enable management run it effectively hence affecting the performance of both the teachers and pupils.
Mrs. Sipobole explained that the resources to meet the day to day running affairs of the school were meagre and cannot sustain school operations.
She complained that the school lacked learning materials which makes it hard for the teachers to execute their duties adding that lack of classrooms has also resulted in other pupils to learn under a tree.
Mrs. Sipobole disclosed that the Home Economics room at the school has been turned into a classroom disadvantaging other pupils due to the one by three classroom block which was abandoned at slab level.
She said the situation has caused store rooms to be turned into home economics and staff rooms respectively.
Mrs. Sipobole said the school also lacked a computer and science laboratory and a proper teacher’s staff room.
She mentioned that water and sanitation has been a big problem at the school as it is becoming a danger for both teachers and pupils to use the ablutions.
Mrs. Sipobole said despite the lack of resources, the school has embarked on the completion of a one by two classroom block to cater for the pre-school section which is projected to be opened to the public by the end of February.
She added that MTN Zambia had pledged to help the school to procure a water tank to cushion the water crisis the school was currently faced with.
She has however appealed to the government through the Ministry of Education, well-wishers and the community members to come on board and support the school.