Kenneth Kaunda Boarding Secondary School in Chinsali district of Muchinga province is in a deplorable condition, forcing pupils to sleep on the floor and deplorable sanitary conditions are a possible health risk to students.
This came to light when Muchinga Province Minister, Mwiimba Malama, inspected the institution which was opened 50 years ago but has never received any serious maintenance or rehabilitation works since.
School Head teacher, Blackwell Silwenga, explained that the learning institution is faced with various challenges to host the required 1,500 pupil enrolment forcing it to cut the number to half following the introduction of co-education.
Mr Silwengwa said some of the classroom blocks have since been turned into hostels without bedding facilities such as bunkers and mattresses forcing pupils to sleep on the floor while the sanitary facility is also in a deplorable state and cannot serve the overwhelming numbers of pupils.
The head teacher commended the Provincial Education Officer (PEO), Jobbicks Kalumba, for working flat out to source the K 340,000 that has helped to work on the water reticulation system and the sanitary facility which has not improved as water is rationed and pupils have to rely on pit latrines.
And Mr Kalumba told the visiting Minister that the living conditions are unhygienic and the situation is not conducive for a learning environment.
Mr Kalumba explained that proposals to turn the institution into a national school have been shelved because of poor infrastructure and inadequate facilities to serve pupils that may be enrolled from different parts of the country.
The PEO described the learning environment and boarding facility as a total mess and unhygienic not suitable for human safety which can serve as a haven for over 700 pupils in the same place.
Speaking after inspecting the institution, Muchinga Province Minister, Mwiimba Malama, who is also a former pupil of 1994 Grade 12 in-take, apologised to the pupils for the deplorable state of the institution, saying he will ensure that he lobbies for funds from well standing people in society who once passed through the school to help out.
He said government will do its part as the school is named after a very important statesman, First Republican President, Dr.Kenneth Kaunda, and is a stone throw from his birth place at Lubwa where late President Michael Sata decided to build a university.
The minister encouraged pupils to study hard and desist from being indiscipline, saying the foundation of any bright future is when they study hard and excel in every subject they take at school.
In a vote of thanks, school head girl, Ruth Namukonda, appealed to government to improve the appalling situation at the institution, saying there is need to stock the library, improve access to clean water and create enough bed spaces in the dormitories so that learning environment is conducive.