Western province minister Josephine Limata has bemoaned the poor state of school infrastructure in the province.
Ms Limata is currently on tour inspecting school projects in Namengo and Mutondo wards of Nalikwanda constituency in Mongu district expressed worry that most schools were in a deplorable state.
She has since appealed to the ministry of education to quickly work on the dilapidated and blown off classrooms in the constituency in order to motivate teachers and improve the learning environment for pupils.
Ms Limata stresses that most schools in Nalikwanda constituency do not have enough teachers resulting in poor performance by pupils hence there is need for the education sector to ensure that more teachers are sent to the area in due course.
She complained that the standard of education in the province has reduced greatly due to non-availability of teachers coupled with inadequate learning materials as well as poor infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Ms Limata has expressed sadness at Mongu based constructors who have abandoned their construction works in most schools in the province.
Ms Limata said 1×2 classroom blocks at Namengo, Lukweta and Sasenda primary schools respectively have been abandoned by named constructors from Mongu district since 2009.
She said the culture by local constructors of abandoning their contracts after being paid is hampering infrastructure development in the province adding that such contractors will soon be investigated.
Ms Limata said government is spending colossal sums of money in the education sector but selfish individuals were amassing the much needed resource at the expense of development.
She notes that the Patriotic Front government is a pro-poor government that is in a hurry to uplift the living standards of people in the Western province.