Newly constructed, Nakonde Secondary School, formally known as Donald Siwale, has opened its doors to its first pupils today.
Nakonde District Education Board Secretary (DEBS ) Hastings Kaira, confirmed the development to ZANIS in an interview this morning.
Mr. Kaira has said the school has admitted its first-grade eights and ten pupils, adding that six classrooms have been allocated to carter for the pupils.
The DEBS added that 80 grade eight pupils have been admitted to the school, with an additional 80 grade 10s.
Mr Kaira said he is happy that the school has finally opened and hopes that government will continue funding it for the completion of other remaining structures such as the laboratories.
“We are grateful to the government that this secondary school has opened and hope that funding will continue towards the completion of the remaining structures,” the DEBS said.
And Nakonde District Administrative officer (DAO) Alex Sinkala who spoke on behalf of the District Commissioner (DC) said the opening of the new Secondary School will help decongest the existing secondary Schools and also reduce the long distances that learners cover to access education from the nearest School.
“We are hopeful that the opening of the new secondary school, will help de- congest the existing secondary schools,” Mr Sinkala said.
And Henry Mukuka who is the new Head teacher posted to the school, says an allocation of 12 teachers has so far been placed at the school to cater for the two grades.
The Headteacher added that once the school is fully complete, it will carter for 500 to 600 pupils.
“We are set to commence work here at the new secondary school and all the teachers posted here are ready to deliver their services,” said Mr Mukuka.
Construction of the Nakonde Secondary School started in August 2011 and was abandoned along the way.
In 2019, government released K700, 000 to go towards the completion of some targets which have since been completed, resulting in the school being opened to the public.
Nakonde Area Member of Parliament Izukanji Siwanzi, says people of Nakonde are happy that the education facility has finally been opened to the public.