Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Chizongwe school seeks help to sink boreholes

Chizongwe school seeks help to sink boreholes
Written by Chibaula Silwamba in Chipata
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 10:06:16 AM

CHIZONGWE Technical High School acting head teacher Bernard Kakumbi has appealed to the government and the school's former pupils to help purchase furniture and sink five boreholes at the institution.

And Kakumbi has observed that the constant power blackouts experienced last year would affect the results for Grade 12 pupils who sat for examinations last year because loadshedding was often taking place in the evening when pupils were supposed to study.

In an interview on Monday, Kakumbi said the school had a serious shortage of tables, chairs and desks despite the high number of pupils selected annually to the only technical high school in Eastern Province.

"We have a shortage of classroom furniture; chairs, desks and tables. The population in the school has increased and furniture available cannot cope with those numbers of pupils. The population of pupils when the school is full is 900," Kakumbi said. "The other problem is that this school runs on five boreholes but at the moment, we only have three boreholes. We are, therefore, rationing water three times a day; from 05:00 hours to 09:00 hours in the morning, 12:00 hours to 14:00 hours in the afternoon and 17:30 hours to 19:00 hours."

He said the school had sunk five boreholes but did not have hand pumps and other accessories for the boreholes to become operational.

Kakumbi said Chizongwe Technical High School was not connected to Eastern Water and Sewerage Company.

He also said the school was in need of funds to rehabilitate the school hall, which he said was in a dilapidated state.

Kakumbi further urged former pupils to help address the problems the school was facing.

"We need help from well-wishers, former Chizongwe pupils and the government to urgently address these problems," Kakumbi said.

And Kakumbi said he anticipated a drop in the performance of last year's Grade 12 pupils because of Zesco power outages experienced in 2008.

"The other problem we have is the usual power cuts we experienced last year. It will affect our pupils' performance because power was going off in the night when pupils were studying," said Kakumbi.

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At 12:32 PM , Blogger Lighton said...

Thanks for this; I'm a former Pupil and didn't know about this.

At 7:59 PM , Blogger MrK said...

That's really cool. Maybe people can get together and form a fund for their old school.

At 10:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iam also a former chiz pupil and the problems that were highlighted did indeed affect our academic performance and its for that reason that will work hard to give back the the knowledge and skills that i acquired at chiz.

At 11:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I to will always remember chizzy.


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