—-Chipata District Education Board Secretary (DEBS,) Kezias Lungu, has urged schools in the district to continue planting trees in school surroundings.
Mr Lungu stated that there was need for school authorities in learning institutions to continue planting trees to improve environment, land degradation and protection of infrastructure.
He was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Chipata over the weekend.
Mr Lungu said his office had acquired some seedlings which were given out to schools in the district to plant.
The DEBS said that bare land has impacted negatively on infrastructure, mostly during the rainy season, as roofs on classroom blocks were often blown off every year.
“Like Luangeni Constituency is prone to the blowing off of roofs on classroom blocks, hence the need to beef up the tree planting to avert such situations,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mr Lungu has called on teachers to desist from sending away children during lessons due to non payment of school fees because poor results will be attributed to the trend.
Mr Lungu stated that his office had always been sharing information with teachers to avoid giving manual work to pupils during lessons, saying manual work should be done after learning.
He said even the tuition which was done after lessons where teachers demanded payment of money was not normal because teachers themselves benefitted from free education when they were at school.