——-Provincial Education Officer for Luapula, Jennifer Banda, has underscored the role that St Clement’s Boys’ Secondary School in Mansa has continued to play in uplifting education standards in the province.
Mrs Banda says it is gratifying to see the good performance that St Clements has recorded at both Grades Nine and 12, saying the good performance is not only for the good of the province but has helped to put the province on the national picture.
She said the 99 per cent pas rate recorded in last year’s grade 12 results was a big achievement for the school, adding that she is confident that the school will record a 100 per cent pass rate this year.
The Provincial Education Officer said this at the launch to kick-start
preparatory activities for the Golden Jubilee celebrations for St Clement’s Boys’
Secondary School which falls next year.
Mrs Banda, who commended the Catholic Diocese for putting up schools in the province, observed that the contributions of the Catholic Church schools to the Zambian economy are a mark in the development of the nation.
She said government is happy with the partnership that the Catholic Church brings in the education sector, saying it would have been difficult for government alone to manage learning institutions.
The Provincial Education Officer urged the pupils to work hard and keep the high standards of the school and not to involve themselves in examination malpractices.
And Mansa Diocese Apostolic Administrator, Fr Mike Merizzi, called on government to help the school celebrate its Golden Jubilee by awarding it a grant to renovate the school.
Fr Merizzi said the school has continued to run using the old structures which are not only inadequate for the increasing number of pupils but also dilapidated.
He said at the moment it is difficult for the school to adopt new technological trends like computer to give to the pupils because it has no structures to put up a computer laboratory.
And speaking during the services held for the launch of Golden Jubilee activities Fr Merizzi in his homily called on the pupils to thank God for the opportunity given to them to be at the school, saying many of other pupils would have loved to be at the institution but they did not managed.
Meanwhile Mansa District commissioner, Merriam Kauseni, pledged
government’s support to the school.
Mrs Kauseni, who said this through acting District Administrative Officer, Evans Sikabbuba, said her office notes the challenges that the school is faced with, adding that it will do everything possible to help the school in one way or another.