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Education Minister witnesses desk distribution exercise in Lusaka District
By Annita Nachilima
At least Four (4) schools have so far received desks from the national distribution exercise which was officially launched last week. Flagging off of the distribution exercise were 6,000 desks manufactured by Zambia Education Implementation Unit (ZEPIU) and presented last week. The first to receive their allocation were Chikupi Primary School in Kafue and Lusaka West Boarding School in Lusaka.
The Minister of Education DOUGLAS SYAKALIMA yesterday witnessed the distribution exercise at Faith Baptist Secondary School in Silverest Area, Chongwe District and at Chitukuko Primary School in Lusaka’s Mutendere Compound.
Hon. SYAKALIMA who is also Chirundu Member of Parliament indicated that Chongwe Primary, New Kanyama Primary, Chimwemwe Primary, John Lainga Primary, Twashuka Primary, Twashuka Secondary and New Kabanana Primary Schools would be next to receive desks in the next few days.
This follows the Zambia Education Project Implementation Unit (ZEPIU) under the Ministry, manufacturing six thousand (6,000) desks which are being distributed to various schools in Lusaka Province and selected parts of the country.
ZEPIU is a unit under the Ministry that is mandated to supervise the construction of education Infrastructure across the country. The Unit is also in charge of manufacturing desks and related infrastructure.
And Faith Baptist Head teacher LOTTIE MBEWE said the school was given 450 single seater desks. Mr. Mbewe said the school was excited to receive the huge number of desks. He mentioned that pupils were sharing desks in the past which made it uncomfortable to learn.
The Minister of Education also visited Chitukuko Primary school in Mutendere Compound which received one hundred (100) double seater desks. Hon. SYAKALIMA encouraged schools to continue renovating broken desks, tables and chairs through their design and Technology Departments. He emphasized that this was also another way of ensuring that no pupil sits on the floor.
And School Head Teacher, NGWIRA NDHLOVU said the school which had over 300 learners sitting on the floor, was grateful for the desks. Ms. NDHLOVU said the performance of the learners would change now that they can sit comfortably.
This year, the Ministry has allocated Twelve Million Five Hundred and Fourteen Thousand (ZMW 12,514,000) for the Unit to manufacture six thousand (6000) desks for secondary schools and another six thousand (6,000) for Primary schools.