Over 600 Kasama pupils share two classrooms, four teachers

Schools in Zambia
Schools in Zambia

Authorities at Chileshe Mwamba Primary School in Kasama district have appealed to government to create adequate learning space for the over 600 children who are sharing two classrooms.


Chileshe Mwamba PTA vice chairman David Chishimba said the school only had a 1 x 2 classroom block which is being shared by over 600 pupils from grade one to seven.


This came to light yesterday when Kasama District Commissioner Kalanga Bwalya held a community meeting at the school which is serviced by only four teachers teaching 10 classes.


Mr Chishimba noted that there was need for more infrastructure to cater for the learning needs of the pupils at the school saying the 1 by 2 classroom block was in a deplorable state therefore posing a danger to the safety of the children.


Acting Headmaster Jonus Chituti said teaching has been very difficult because the school has only four teachers who were strained to teach 10 classes.


He said the school administration was sometimes forced to combine classes just to help the pupils in a learning environment.


Mr. Chituti blamed the poor infrastructure and congestion as some of the contributing factors to poor performance by the children at the school.