From: ZANIS News <[email protected]>
Kapiri Mposhi, 6 February, 2013, ZANIS – The newly constructed Kapiri Technical Boarding School for Girls has opened to pupils.
The school, which was constructed alongside 20 staff houses at the total cost of Kr 30, 4 million, opened last week and is currently enrolling grades eight and ten pupils.
17 teachers have since been deployed to the school, which will be able to enroll and accommodate 340 grades eight to 12 girl pupils in boarding once operational.
And contraction works of another school, Kapiri Mposhi Day High School, has reached an advanced stage and will open for classes in the first week of March 2013.
Over 95 percent of the works that include construction of classroom blocks, staff houses, laboratories, assembly hall, painting and roofing all worth about at the total cost of Kr 23 million have been completed.
Touring the two schools, Central Province Permanent Secretary, Anne Sinyangwe expressed satisfaction at the workmanship by the constructors engaged to build the schools.
Ms. Sinyangwe said government was impressed with the works put up by the contractor urging local contractors to emulate.
“This is good workmanship… I just challenge our local contractors to copy the work culture of our Chinese friends and to avoid shoddy works when they are awarded contracts because that is the only way we will have standards,” Ms. Sinyangwe said.
Ms. Sinyangwe advised pupils and teachers to safeguard the schools’ infrastructure from vandals.
And, ZAMLIN Constructions, the Contractor building Kapiri Day School is presently working on the water reticulation system before it could hand over the school to government.
Site Manager, Wang Jia Dong said the company was doing final touches before the school could be handed over to the government adding that the school would be ready for occupancy soon.
Meanwhile, Kapiri Mposhi District Commissioner, Beatrice Sikazwe has commended government for completing the schools noting that the projects have been long overdue.
Ms. Sikazwe said the schools once fully operational will help in absorbing pupils graduating for high school education in the district.
The DC said most pupils stop school upon passing to secondary school because their parents could not afford to take them to schools outside the district.
“We have problems especially for our girl children when it comes to secondary schools … they stop school because their parents cannot afford so these schools will definitely help in ensuring that these children find spaces when they pass to secondary school,” Ms. Sikazwe said.
Kapiri Mposhi district has no secondary school for pupils who pass to high school, forcing many parents to get school places for their children outside the district.