Monday, March 14, 2011
By Agness Changala
Mon 14 Mar. 2011, 04:00 CAT
CHONGWE High School has commended area parliamentarian Sylvia Masebo for releasing K10 million which has been used to make dining hall tables. Masebo gave the school K10 million from the Constituency Development Fund towards the end of 2010 following the problems the school was facing.
School headteacher Robertson Chenda said with the K10 million CDF, the school bought materials to make 27 dining tables.
“The 27 tables with the old 21 gives 48 tables sitting 384 pupils. We need 36 more tables so that we have a total number of 84 tables to sit 672 pupils in the boarding and another injection of CDF would go a long way in alleviating these problems,” said Chenda.
And school headboy Peter Kaipambe said the donation could not have come at a better time because the school had been facing a great challenge in the area of infrastructure. He said previously, they fed while standing, which was contrary to Zambian culture which requires people to sit down as they are taking meals.
He appealed for more support from Masebo, saying they still needed more tables to eliminate the problem of pupils taking their meals while standing.
Kaipambe said although pupils were Zambia's future leaders, they were facing a number of challenges in their education which might affect their opportunities if left unattended to. He further appealed to Masebo to help connect the school with NGOs that could help stock the school library with latest books.
“We also want our laboratories to be worked on and stocked with chemicals to enable us to carry out experiments,” said Kaipambe.
And Masebo advised the pupils that the secret to success was hard work and discipline. She encouraged the girls to concentrate on studies and refuse to go into early marriages or intimate relationships.
Masebo regretted that 47 years after Zambia's independence, a high school as old as Chongwe could still have children eating while standing and squatting.
She said this was shameful for her as area member of parliament, which was why she was working hard with the school management to prioritise the purchase of dining tables using CDF.
“Surely, what kind of children do we expect to produce if we allow such conditions for our children in boarding schools?” Masebo asked. “And as a female legislator, I appreciate the need for good sanitation, especially for girls.”