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Nsama district gets secondary school

NKOMBO KACHEMBA, Kitwe
CONSTRUCTION of the first ever secondary school in the newly-created Nsama district in Northern Province has started and it will cost K47 million.
Nsama district has no secondary school, forcing pupils seeking higher education to travel long distances to neighbouring towns to access education services.
Nsama district commissioner Panji Shilingala said yesterday that works on the secondary school have started and are progressing well.
“At the moment, we have no secondary school here in Nsama but we are happy to announce that a boarding  school is under construction, the school is likely to accommodate more than 500 pupils once it is complete,” Mr Shilingala said.
He however said the contractor working on the school is facing challenges in finding experienced bricklayers to work on the project. Mr Shilingala also expressed concern over the increase in the number of young girls dropping  out of school opting to get married to older men.
He however said his office is working with traditional leaders to sensitise parents in the area on the importance of educating the girl-child.
Mr Shilingala said with help of traditional leaders, some of the young girls have been retrieved from the marriages and taken back to school.
He also appealed to organisations advocating the education of girls to visit the area and see how best they can work with traditional leaders to stop early marriages.
Mr Shilingala  said it is Government’s vision to see young girls in rural areas access education and  have a bright future.
He said some of the girls being married off are as young as 11 years-old and that they cannot bear the burden of motherhood.
Mr Sichilingala said Government will continue to build more schools in rural areas to improve literacy levels.

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