MACKSON WASAMUNU, Mansa
TEACHERS at Ndoba Primary School in Katangashi ward, Bahati constituency, have appealed to the government for decent and adequate
The teachers have also asked Government to facilitate payment of rural hardship allowances, among other incentives, as well as connection of the school to the national electricity power grid.
Speaking through their representatives when Bahati member of Parliament Harry Kalaba toured Ndoba community, the teachers lamented the shortfall of accommodation, adding that three married officers were sharing one house.
Acting senior teacher Kalyomba Kapenda told the Bahati lawmaker that the school is in dire need of accommodation for the teaching staff, as well as adequate classroom space.
Mr Kapenda further said the school is not connected to the national electricity grid. The school requires K31,000 to pay Zesco, to be connected.
Mr Kalaba has built two houses at Ndoba since becoming area MP in an effort to ease the housing deficit, and also paid for the installation of wiring and electric fittings in 2015.
And at Kasanse, where similar challenges were raised, the lawmaker put up a health centre which is operational, and a house occupied by a health worker.
Mr Kalaba toured Kabondo, Ndoba, Kasanse and Sepe communities to appreciate their challenges, among other things.
And Mr Kalaba thanked the teachers in Katangashi ward for their commitment to duty and their unwavering service to the community.
“You people here are role models for our children, you are role models for the communities that you serve, you are good role models; we need you here,” Mr Kalaba said.
“It is the intention of Government to ensure teachers living in areas like these, who are struggling, are encouraged to offer their services.”
Mr Kalaba is in Bahati to check on development programs, as well as appreciate the challenges faced by the communities.