‘Ru­funsa school ex­pan­sion on sched­ule’

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By JOHN KOMBE

THE ex­pan­sion of Luk­wipa Sec­ondary School with fund­ing from the World Bank in Mankanda ward in Ru­funsa has reached an ad­vanced stage and con­struc­tion may be com­pleted in record time, Ru­funsa town coun­cil chair­per­son Mr Bartholomew Kalam­bal­ala has said.

Mr Kalam­bal­ala said in an in­ter­view af­ter in­spect­ing the school yesterday that phase one of the pro­ject which started in Septem­ber this year was on course.

"The gov­ern­ment dis­bursed the funds for the con­struc­tion of 1x2 and 1x3 class­room blocks, a 1x2 sci­ence lab­o­ra­tory block, a home eco­nomics block and wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties. The pro­ject com­menced im­me­di­ately and all struc­tures are now at roof-level.

"The pro­ject is go­ing on as sched­uled and will be com­pleted in record time.

This sec­ondary school is one of the 14 sec­ondary schools on the pro­ject in Lusaka Prov­ince. This de­vel­op­ment has cheered the res­i­dents as the pro­ject will im­prove ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion in the area," he said.

He said that the dis­trict ed­u­ca­tion board sec­re­tary's of­fice re­ceived more than K250, 000 in Septem­ber this year for the first phase of the pro­ject.

“The Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing in­creased ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. We are de­lighted that Gov­ern­ment has con­sid­ered our dis­trict to be among the first to ben­e­fit from this na­tional pro­gramme," he said.

Mr. Kalam­bal­ala claimed that the area had lagged be­hind in ed­u­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture but that the sit­u­a­tion was steadily chang­ing for the bet­ter.

"The chil­dren in the area have had to seek sec­ondary school places in nearby dis­tricts such as Luangwa and Chongwe. This has been costly for the fam­i­lies in the ru­ral com­mu­nity. This pro­ject will greatly im­prove the qual­ity of life for the ru­ral pop­u­la­tion. Gov­ern­ment must be com­mended for walk­ing the talk of in­creas­ing ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion, with­out leav­ing any­one be­hind.

I would like to also com­mend the con­trac­tor for be­ing com­mit­ted to the pro­ject. This is just the third month of the pro­ject and we can be sure that it will be com­pleted as sched­uled,” he said.

“We are hope­ful that once more funds were re­leased for the next phase, the pro­ject will be near­ing com­ple­tion. I can­not wait to see the com­ple­tion and han­dover of the pro­ject to the school and com­mu­nity," he added.

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