Luwingu Secondary School, which was closed by the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health due to non compliance of Public Health Act CAP 295 of the Laws of Zambia, has been reopened this morning.
The school was closed on April 11, 2014, after it failed to comply with the recommendation made by the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health regarding the poor condition of the sewer system and serious water shortage.
The school has over the years been running without clean and safe drinking water resulting in serious water born diseases which forced the district medical officer, Enerst Mutale, to close the institution last month.
A check by Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Luwingu revealed that about 258 of 2200 pupils have reported this morning and theywere ready to start attending lessons.
School head master, Andrew Chipili told ZANIS in an interview that about 147 boys and 111 girls arrived yesterday adding that lessons will start tomorrow.
“We are expecting more pupils to arrive today and in fact the whole week,” he added
Mr Chipili appealed to all the pupils to report back especially those in examination classes saying there will be no time to waste.
He said the water situation is almost back to normal because the Chambeshi Water and Sewerage Company had started pumping water to the school as its first priority.
He disclosed that the rehabilitation of the kitchen, sewer and water reticulation system will continue while school is in progress.
Mr Chipili said the Ministry of Education, Science Vocational Training and Early Education, through the office of Northern Province Permanent Secretary, released K890, 100 for the rehabilitation of the water and sanitation systems.
He further said the school will close for the second term on August 22 to cover the lesson plan for the weeks the school had been on recess.
And the pupils talked to praised the government for releasing funds for the rehabilitation of their school, saying they were worried whether the school will be open or not.