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Pamodzi Combined School pupils learning in tents

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Pamodzi Combined School in Ndola’s Chifubu constituency is using a tent to conduct classes for learners due to limited infrastructure and resources.

Ndola District Education Officer (DEBS) Patrick Kaonga has confirmed the situation to a ZANIS crew that visited the school and found a class for Grade 10 pupils going on with their lessons in a tent within the school grounds.

Speaking in a phone interview, Mr. Kaonga said the initiative by the school management is a short term plan as the school responds to demand by the community to have their children enrolled following government’s pronouncement to offer free education.

Mr. Kaonga explained that the named school has been overwhelmed with enrollment, especially entry at Grade 10 after the Ministry of Education guided and gave a go-ahead for learners with combined certificates at Grade nine examinations to be admitted into school.

“It is a commendable initiative by the school management because no one has been sent away for lack of space.

“The school has inadequate infrastructure, but let me mention that there is an ongoing project of construction of a school and once the structure is completed, learners will shift into the new building,” he said.

With effect from January 10, 2022, the new administration introduced provision of free education from early childhood education to secondary school level with the Government paying tuition fees through a grant.

7 COMMENTS

  1. This is what I call imitative.
    Tents are cheap and a very good short term fix until permanent structures can be built.
    They are not sitting on hands and saying that the free education policy is a failure.
    Well done by the school management. Others should be following their example.

  2. A quality environment is also important for quality education. My worry is it will take ages to have schools constructed and make available needed material to counter the influx that this free education will bring. BMW made promises disregarding other aspects required to fulfill them. He has been pressured to hurriedly effect this but this will blow into his face in the long run. Watch this space.

  3. IF PF DIDNT GIVE OUT MILLIONS IN GIFTS IN THE NAME OF ENPOWERMENT AND PUT IT INTO EDUCATION
    WE WOULDNT BE IN THIS POSITION TODAY
    THANKFULLY PF IS DEAD NOW

  4. What is a combined school? You create schools from early child to grade twelve without added infrastructr and top up with free education and expect normalcy? It’s likely to be very costly
    What happened to primary, or is it basic schools, and high schools?
    Why not just construct a sec school elsewhere instead of these unnecessary conflagrations

  5. ITS A GOOD INITIATIVE INDEED BY THE SCHOOL BUT LET THE SCHOOL APPLY FOR CDF SO THAT THE BUILD MORE CLASSES , DO NOT BLAME HH FOR SUCH SITUATION , ITS BECAUSE MORE CHILDREN ARE BACK TO SCHOOL TO ENJOY FREE EDUCATION . PLEASE IF KNOWLEDGE IS EXPENSIVE TRY TO SHUT YOUR MOUTH B CAUSE U ARE IGNORANT

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