Authorities at the newly built and opened Mufumbwe boarding secondary school have said government’s decision to open the institution will decongest other schools in the district.
Speaking in an interview with the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS), Mufumbwe boarding secondary school head teacher Maggie Masaku said government should be commended for the move to open the school as it will help decongest the other two secondary schools in the district.
Ms. Masaku said Jairos Fumpa and Mufumbwe day secondary schools respectively have had a serious teacher-pupil ratio problem which will now be cushioned because of the opening of Mufumbwe boarding school to the public.
Meanwhile, Ms. Masaku has called on the Ministry of General Education to address the shortage of desks, staff houses and the uncompleted science laboratories at the school.
She disclosed that the number of desks at the school would not be enough to accommodate all the pupils accepted at the school.
She explained that there was need for laboratories to be finished in order for pupils to be conducting science practicals especially those in the pure science classes.
And acting deputy head teacher Fackson Tapula has appealed to the Mufumbwe District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) to instruct the contractor to release the two 1 by 3 classroom blocks so that there is a normal teacher-pupil ratio standard.
This follows the alleged refusal by the contractors to hand over the two 1 by 3 classroom blocks to the school administration demanding that the Ministry of General Education headquarters writes to them to release the blocks.
Mr. Tapula also stressed the need for authorities to address the issue of teacher accommodation especially for the head teacher.