More than a year under PF: only 50 out of 379 pupils get space at Mutondo primary school

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This is how learning under the '90 days' regime

We ask ourselves, if the PF could take the billions or just a quarter of those billions of money they are going to waste in the Mpongwe bye-election to Mutondo primary, how many of those little angels who have been denied school would be assured of a better tomorrow?

Only 50 pupils out of the 379 applicants have been picked to start grade one at Mutondo primary school in Lupososhi constituency of Luwingu district in the Northern Province next year.

Pythias Kanyanta, School head teacher told Lupososhi Member of Parliament Bwalya Chungu who visited the school yesterday that grade one enrolment was a major problem the school was facing due to dilapidated school infrastructure.

Mr Kanyanta said the school which is surrounded by many villages with youthful population eligible for grade one to grade seven could not absorb the number of applicants because of in adequate classroom space.

He said the school management has only picked 50 applicants out of the 379 to start grade one next year at Mutondo primary school in Senior Chieftainess Chungu of Abena Mukulu tribe.

Mr Kanyanta said his school which was established in 1926 by the coronial government is one of the oldest schools in the province but despite being old very little attention has been done toward rehabilitating it.

“Mutondo primary school was founded in 1926 and it is one of the oldest schools in Lupososhi constituency of Luwingu district and despite being old very little has been done concerning its development,” he lamented.

Mr Kanyanta also said the shortage of classroom blocks has been caused by the heavy rains which have damaged the old self help classroom blocks constructed in 1926 and 1967 respectively.

The school head teacher said the other 1×3 classroom block collapsed last year leaving the institution with a 2×2 classroom block whose roofing sheets were also blown off by heavy winds recently, forcing the management to be suspending classes when the area experience rainfall.

Mr Kanyanta said the enrolment of grade one pupils has gone down because of lack of class room space to adequately accommodate the pupils.

“We picked 50 grade one applicants to meet the number of classes at the school, there is need to upgrade this school to the level it was by constructing three more classroom blocks,” he added.

Mr Kanyanta further said that other grades were also over crowded making it difficult for teachers to make observation on every pupil.

He said water supply was also another challenge affecting the institution in the area, adding that the only well the school relied on dried many years, forcing pupils and teachers to draw water from a nearby lagoon.

Meanwhile, Mr Chungu said government through the ministry of education has released K50 million for construction of modern toilets at the institution.

And the community has urged government to consider providing enough funds for the construction of classroom blocks at the school other than releasing money for toilets.

The community residents told the area Member of Parliament Mr Chungu who visited the school that toilets were not an issue affecting the pupils at the school but the classroom block.

Mr Chungu also assured the community of government’s commitment towards improving school infrastructure in his constituency.

He said government has released funds to construct a modern girl’s boarding school in Chief Katuta’s area but said the school will be immaterial if parents continue marrying off their girl children at tender age.

Mr Chungu has appealed to parents to refrain from marrying off their children and encourage them to go school.

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34 Responses to More than a year under PF: only 50 out of 379 pupils get space at Mutondo primary school

  1. After 48 years of Independence, or is it “In-Dependence” pupils are still sitting on the floor. Its a shame especially that Zambia is almost half a century old, busy celebrating on the 24th October annually yet students are sitting on the floor.
    The floor causes a variety of diseases as every foot contribute by distributing harmful germs. These kids step on other dirty objects which include faecal matter of different animals. They visit the toilets frequently and carry back the bacteria onto the floor, thereafter, sit on the same floor. How are they going to know about
    Healthy issues if they are encouraged to spread the diseases to classrooms?
    Imagine sitting on the cold floor during winter time. Its a pity that these pupils are purposely made to sit on the floor. Seriously, what sort of education can one of these pupils sitting on the dirty floor attain? A pupil would not concentrate if their “bums” or “bottocks” are in pain because of sitting uncomfortably on the filthy floors.
    Education of these future leaders should not be taken lightly but seriously. Its unfair to see these kids leave their homes going to school only to sit on the diseased floors.
    Lets face reality here, please loving citizens of Zambia, parents, health and caring people, that K1.5 Billion illegally allocated to the non existance office of the first lady would eliminate this problem. How many classes can be built with that money for these pupils sitting on dirty floors?
    How many classes can be built with the money Nalumambe caused for the by election?
    How many schools would be upgraded or even renovated with tax payers money being wasted on Judge Chikopa of Malawi? Whom, Iam sure is still in the country enjoying Zambian money for doing nothing.
    What happens to the neglected 329 who can’t afford to waste time sitting on the floor? 1926 is too far away to neglect the famous Heritage the school has.
    Common PF, stop swearing in, these school children need development, they are tired of sitting on the ground. Maybe its “Donchi Kubeba” to the poor pupils.

    Kay Love - December 29, 2012
    02:31

  2. Your president Sata is only interested in By-elections.

    blago - December 28, 2012
    22:14

  3. RESULTS OF 20 YEARS OF MMD

    IDRIS - December 28, 2012
    21:08

    • @IDRIS the problem in not who created the problem now that MMd is not in power. The issue is if PF was for the poor as they claim, why not spend the money to repair that school instead of creating a money wasting bye-election.
      Are you also aware that the proudly announced banning of Basic schools has failed. We were just collecting Grade 7 results and we have been told to accept Grade 8 pupils?

      MegaMind - December 28, 2012
      21:42

    • And the PF president was in MMD for 10 years.

      Kay Love - December 29, 2012
      02:35

  4. like this, how do you expect good performance since the school environment is not conducive and hence the workforce and learners are demotivated.

    grace - December 28, 2012
    19:54

  5. Where were you when all these things started and escalated under your now new found friends MMD for 20 years for you to paint PF as if the problem just started immediately Pf came into power?

    Mwatayanva Chinyama - December 28, 2012
    18:36

  6. Since the WD has exposed this,something will be done about it

    Mr Kiss - December 28, 2012
    17:29

  7. I chikala Sansakuwa has stopped commenting because immediately i write something you say i have insulted. I wanted to say that these Patriotic Fools have no development agenda for Zambia other than enriching themselves. But the fact that they have no brains for planning makes them the most dangerous looters. I do not want to insult these idiots.

    Sansakuwa Chikala - December 28, 2012
    17:01

    • BUSHE NANGU KUPASA KULASENDAFYE UULI ONSE, THE ISSUE OF CUT OFF POINT SHOULD BE REINTRODUCED THATS WHY THESE CHILDREN SPEND MOST OF THEIR PRECIOUS TIME WATCHING DSTV IN THEIR PARENTS HOMES.Í CAN BET YOU JUST TRY TO CONDUCT A SURVEY AT ANY OF YOUR NEAREST SCHOOL SOME OF THE PUPILS HAVE GONE IN GRADE 8 BECAUSE OF GUESS WORK.LETS PICK THE CREAM SO THAT EDUCATION IS NOT COMPROMISED.MIND YOU THESE ARE THE FUTURE LEADERS.

      NABWELA NAFUTI - December 28, 2012
      17:32

      • Monze district has more than 100 basic schools and on aversge they take up 4000 grade 8 pupils. There are atleast 5 secondary schools. Can all the 4000 pupils fit in 5 secondary schools?
        Have you forgotten about MDGs.
        MUTANIKWIILE KUBBWA MBULI BABONDO BAKOLWA NTIMBA.
        FACE REALITY AND ASK THE PEOPLE AT THE GRASSROOTS

        MegaMind - December 28, 2012
        21:50

  8. i knew it.shame.talking is more easy than doing.say amen if you agree

    one zambia 72 nations - December 28, 2012
    16:52

  9. those parents are lazy and stupid. why wait on the gvt to keep on building for you yet you are the recipients of he school services.

    abena - December 28, 2012
    16:27

  10. sata for poverty. zambians, are we sure we are normal? y do we vote for useless people in power? we can change for the better zambia. let us rebase our voting ways. yes we can

    swmz - December 28, 2012
    15:29

  11. AM VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE DIRECTION OF OUR COUNTRY I DONT KNOW WHERE WE ARE HEADING TO PLEASE MAN OF ACTION DO SOMETHING BEFORE PEOPLE DIE WITH HANGER PLEASE ADVISE MILLERS MO0RE ESPECIALLY HERE IN SOLWEZI THE STITUATION IS GOING OUT OF HAND.

    chikoti geoffrey - December 28, 2012
    15:14

  12. Ok

    PURE WISDOM - December 28, 2012
    14:49

  13. It is amazing in this age to have pupils still sitting on the floor during lessons.what has gone wrong with planners,policy makers,and policy implementers?Is prioritizing not an answer if really education is key to success in individual and national development?Just wondering what has gone wrong and where.Do these areas really have representation at local government and natonal level through councilors and members of parliament?If they have,there is need to vote wisely if local people have to be well represented.what of the vast natural resources such as our valuable timber,cant the locals make even benches for their children as a temporal measure?Anyway it might be difficult for them to think in those lines if they do not even have a stool in their huts.sad state of affairs indeed that requires a touch of the holy spirit to those on the driving seat of the nation at any given time and need for civic education to the community by the headteacher through the parent teacher association.

    grace - December 28, 2012
    14:30

  14. What a moving article! Shameful scenario indeed.
    If I was the MP, I would have resigned! What a comedy in governance we have in the name of Paya Farmer!

    Mubanga - December 28, 2012
    14:17

  15. The biggest problem are these morons who vote on impulse! They hv been crying on an ‘experienced man’ 2 lead Zambia, but 2 where, I ask? 2 such destinations> poverty, corruption, nepotism, tribalism & all evil vises 2 continue all in the name of experience! Its saddening a situation 2 imagine….. Sata is of 1926 conteporary 2 the school existance & thats where Luapula pipo thot a messiah wld b… Sata won’t develop yo province 4get.

    Mzilikazi - December 28, 2012
    13:38

  16. May be Sata and Kabimbya should try to spend money on closing ZWD on on nevers and HH… zwd is really the only voice for the voiceless

    KAY - December 28, 2012
    13:28

  17. It is the great secret of politicians to keep the masses ignorant. The greatest threat to a rogue politician is not the opposition party but the enlightened.

    So, don’t be surprised when these far flung areas are kept in darkness and are factories of the ignorant.

    Sequel - December 28, 2012
    13:20

  18. My heart bleeds…

    TheEngineer (Australia( - December 28, 2012
    13:12

  19. Dont just mention money on by elections, please also talk about the colossal billions being spent on bribing the opposition. What a misplacement of priorities. i am writing with so much anger against sata

    Presidential "dribble" - December 28, 2012
    13:10

  20. The opening statement is so moving. You can make people fight

    Teressa Lungu - December 28, 2012
    12:49

  21. I think there is only one real opposition in Zambia. It is this newspaper. The Zambian Watchdog. I wonder why Sata and Kabimba are spending money on MMD and UPND. Clearly the influence of the the Watchdog is far much than MMD and UPND combined. You guys you keep not only the government busy but everybody in Zambia just wants to know what you have.

    Morris Kapenda reloaded - December 28, 2012
    12:48

    • At least ZWD keeps everybody who reads this online newspaper thinking! even yourself!

      Mubanga - December 28, 2012
      14:19

  22. Octopus Paul BWALYA is a ka useless boy fron Lusaka Times. its good to see he is maturing. Perhaps its the rebasing

    Blessings - December 28, 2012
    12:41

  23. This is really annoying and then you have ukwa spending billions on useless by elections

    Octopus Paul BWALYA - December 28, 2012
    12:39

  24. For me to comment, i first need to know how many pupils were enrolled in grade one last year and the year before…..

    abana ba mfumu - December 28, 2012
    12:39

    • PF members cant think as they see nothing wrong in Zambia. They cant see beyond Sata

      pf - December 28, 2012
      14:41

      • Uli cipuba, how do you make an analysis without knowing how many pupils where enrolled last year or the number of pupils enrolled in a similar school, where are you basing your analysis??? Ubukopo lisambi!!!!

        Abana Ba Mfumu - December 28, 2012
        16:07

    • I assume it is the same. i have deduced this from the fact that the school has never been up graded from the time it was put up by the colonial government in 1926.

      fumbi - December 28, 2012
      16:28

  25. This is painful. Every child is your child. Even though i like Wynter, Andeleki, Libongani etc, it pains my heart to see children have to sit for school.

    Blessings - December 28, 2012
    12:38