Shortage of computer equipment forced some pupils in Luangwa District of Lusaka Province to write their computer examinations up to midnight due to the limited number of computers in schools in the District.
Luangwa District Education Board Secretary (DEBS), Veronica Mubanga disclosed this when Feira Constituency Member of Parliament, Patrick Ngoma donated twenty – one (21)Desktop computers worth K120,000 to Feira Day Secondary School over the weekend which were bought using the 2014 Constituency Development Funds (CDF).
Ms. Mubanga said Pupils at Feira Day Secondary School wrote there computer examinations up to midnight due to the limited number of computers at the school adding that the donation of the twenty-one computers will make a difference to the introduction of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) studies in schools in the District.
She appealed the CDF Committee and other stakeholders to equip schools with computers as ICT was now a compulsory subject from grade one to tertiary level.
And Mr. Ngoma who is also Tourism Deputy Minister thanked the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Committee in the area for considering procuring the computers for the school as Government and the Ministry of Education have embraced the use of ICT in the Education sector.
He said that it was the wish and aim of the PF Government at making Zambia not only a consumer of ICT but be able to produce the much required ICT engineers to develop software and applications, design and repair ICT equipment.
The MP urged the pupils and staff of Feira Day Secondary School to put the computers to good use and ensure that they help transform the teaching and learning environment at the school.
Mr. Ngoma further appealed to the communities to take advantage of the Constituency Development Funds to come up with sustainable projects that will change the face of Luangwa and the Country as a whole.
He said Constituency Development Fund was there to help communities come up with projects that they feel will enhance development in their areas and also reduce poverty.