—-Education Minister, John Phiri, has applauded the education sector in Kasempa district for the positive strides made to improve the performance of learning.
Dr Phiri was pleased that the district has continued to make good interventions in infrastructural development through the use of private partner participation which indicates hardworking civil servants.
Dr Phiri is on a tour of schools in North-Western Province and among the projects he has visited was the 1 x 3 classroom block at Kasempa Day Secondary which is being constructed at a cost of K200 million and will also include a 1x 3 dormitory block to cater for children who walk long distances to attend the only secondary school within the township.
Other projects visited included a dormitory for children with special needs which was an initiative of the Holland Disabled Foundation (HDF) at cost K397 million and will house 40 children with multiple disabilities.
Dr Phiri further commended the district education board team for efforts displayed in improving the lives of children and promised government’s support in the provision of teacher’s houses in order to motivate teachers working in the remote part of the country.
“We as government endeavour to realize the dreams of providing better houses for teachers and improve basic schools into secondary schools by giving more money to the districts,” he assured.
He has since urged teachers to use their profession to help improve the lives of children.
And Kasempa District Education Board Secretary (DEBS), Evans Kamwana, said the move to construct a dormitory at Kasempa Day Secondary School follows an increase in pregnancy cases which emanated due to the long distances pupils cover in order to attend secondary education and children are forced to rent accommodation within the township.
He said a total number 46 girls got pregnant between 2011 and 2012, a situation which prompted the school to construct a dormitory and cut on the number of Grade Nine drop outs.
Kasempa has six secondary schools, 64 primary schools, 17 community schools against a population of 65000 with the average ratio at 88 pupils to one class.
And in his address to civil servants, Dr Phiri urged government officers to help the PF government deliver quality development to the poor people of Kasempa.
He wished that all civil servants should get on board and support the PF government in an effort to help the poor people who, for many years, have not voted for the PF.
“I would like to urge all civil servants who have not come on board of the PF government to do so and help government deliver quality development to the poor people,” he said.
Dr Phiri said government depends on the district to drive the engine of development and, therefore, civil servants in the districts are charged with the responsibility to change the lives of the people.