Mwenya calls for consideration of some schools

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 Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge has appealed to the Ministry of Education to visit some schools in the Copperbelt in order to consider them in the 2013 budget.

Mr Musenge said this when the Miniser of Education John Phiri paid him a courtesy call yesterday.

Mr Musenge said that most schools are still faced with the problem of infrastructure development there by enrolling only a limited number of people.

“Most schools have not benefited from the infrastructure development programme especially those in rural areas like Ntipi which has resulted into pupils being left out from school,” he said.

He said that Ntipi school has refused to enroll more grade one pupils because of shortage of classrooms and this has led to parents frequenting his office saying that their children are being denied education.

The Copperbelt minister said that currently the school can only accommodate 45 students in each class but the growing population has increased the demand for more schools in the area.

And responding to the appeal, Dr Phiri said his office has asked the District Education Officers to deal with issues at primary level.

“We have given the mandate to the District Education Officers to look into the primary sector and ensure that every child eligible for grade one is enrolled,” he said.

Dr Phiri has further urged the Provincial Education Officer to be proactive and identify challenges as they emerge and not wait for the challenge to mature.

The education minister however, said the ministry will discuss with the provincial education authorities in order to find contingency measures to the education confrontations that Copperbelt is currently being faced with.