DARLINGTON MWENDABAI, Chipata
EASTERN Province Minister Makebi Zulu has commended the Catholic Church for effectively running St Margret’s Girls Secondary School which has continued to empower girls with quality education in
the last decade.
Mr Zulu said the school was built in 2003 by a Catholic missionary priest, Father Edward Ryan Ned, with the help of the local community.
He said the aim was to increase access to secondary education among the local girls.
Mr Zulu said this in a speech read on his behalf by Chipata City mayor Sinoya Mwale during a 10th anniversary of St Margret’s Girls Secondary School’s existence on Saturday.
“The school opened its doors to the first Grade 10 pupils on February 26, 2007 with three Grade 10 classes. It started from nothing to an extent where pupils in the first intake were sleeping on the floor for the first few months,” he said.
Mr Zulu said the partnering of Government and the Church saw the school undergoing transformation in many areas in a quest to improve education for the girls.
He said a generator was bought in 2009 to generate electricity, which saw an improvement in good results.
Mr Zulu said Government, through the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) connected the school to the national grid in 2015.
He said currently, the school has 17 staff houses with 28 members of staff, 10 females and 18 males.
It currently runs from grade eight to 12 with a total number of 420 pupils with two streams per grade.
Mr Zulu, in the last decade, the school has seen massive development in many areas and has become one of the best in the province.