Lack of enough classrooms has forced pupils at the newly upgraded Mnukwa Day Secondary school in Chipata district in Eastern Province to use the computer laboratory as a classroom and a dormitory for girls.
This came to light when a Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) crew visited Mnukwa chiefdom to check on developmental programmes taking place in the area. School Deputy Head Teacher, Jonathan Miti, said pupils, who were coming from far places and could not manage to be walking to and from school every day, were being accommodated in a computer laboratory which was also being used as a classroom.
Mr. Miti also noted that members of staff were also facing similar challenges because the school had just been upgraded and was using structures for the Primary school.
He said currently, teachers were renting grass thatched houses from nearby villages as a result of the school not having enough accommodation for them.‘’ We have been given three classrooms out of the seven which the Primary school has and we cannot ask for more because what the Primary school has done is enough generosity,’’ Mr. Miti said.
He said currently, the community was ferrying building materials such as sand, crashed stones and blocks to the new secondary school site for the construction of the school.
Mr. Miti said the community was also facing challenges of transportation of the building materials, adding that, women were carrying the materials on the heads, from a distance of over five kilometers.
He appealed to well-wishers to come to the aid of the school so that pupils can go to the new site and alleviate the sufferings of both teachers and pupils.
And Mr. Miti appealed to government to work on the Lunkuswe Bridge near Mnukwa palace which he said was a death trap especially in the rainy season.
He said when it rained heavily, there is always heavy current of water which overflows because the bridge was too low, thereby, disadvantaging pupils from the other side not to attend school.