—–Over 50 per cent of Kamunza Primary School population are orphans, resulting in poor pupil turn out, the school head teacher, Oliver Hakachaba has disclosed.
Four hundred out of 637 pupils come from single and double-orphaned households, a situation that has contributed to absenteeism at the school.
Speaking when Dorcas Workers from the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church in Choma district donated 20 pairs of school uniforms to the vulnerable pupils from Kamunza Primary School during the Church’s outreach programme, the school head teacher explained that absenteeism was rife at the school as pupils coming from poor families share a pair of school uniforms.
Mr Hakachaba disclosed that a pair of uniform is shared between two or three pupils coming from the same home, adding that the one who wears the uniform for that day was the one to attend school.
He said the other pupil or pupils would wait for their turn to wear the same uniform, resulting in the pupils attending school once or twice in a week.
Receiving the 20 pairs of uniforms, Mr Hakachaba thanked the Dorcas Workers for the gesture, saying the donation would help curb absenteeism among the vulnerable pupils and urged other well-wishers to consider donating school uniforms.
And Dorcas Workers leader, Mary Lubinda, pledged continued support to the school.
Mrs Lubinda made the pledge after presenting boxes of books, pencils, and uniforms valued at about K1, 400 to Kamunza Primary School.