SINDA District Education Board Secretary Feston Mtonga has said shortage of secondary schools in the area is the primary cause of dropouts.
Mtonga informed parents at Mngomba Primary School that realising that there were many primary schools in the district compared to secondary facilities, the government, through the World Bank, would construct a secondary school to improve access to children who would otherwise drop out in account of limited space.
He also said parents at times failed to provide necessary needs for their children when they made to grade eight and 10.
“We have a lot of primary schools in our district, even basic ones we have them enough, but the challenge is that we have few secondary schools,” he explained. “Government saw that we don’t do better in providing comprehensive education system because the duty of the government is to educate a child from lower grade up to secondary level, to see to it that children are not disadvantaged in the area of education.”
Mtonga revealed the new secondary school project involved the construction of one-by-two classroom block, one-by-two home economics and science laboratory, administration block, water and sanitation facilities at a cost of K264,357.75 up to wall plate level and that World Bank wanted the project to be done by December 2018 so that the school was ready for the January 2019 intake.
He also called on Sinda member of parliament Masauso Tembo and council chairperson Michael Phiri to continue supporting the communities and see to it that the government agenda was achieved.
Sinda has 52 primary schools, 29 community schools and seven secondary schools.
And Phiri called on the community to work diligently to ensure the project was a success. He warned against stealing building materials.
And Tembo said he was excited because the secondary school would reduce early marriages, which had continued to affect the progress in education.