NAOMI MWIMBA, Chipata
GOVERNMENT wants accountability on the money being raised for the construction of a K 900,000 assembly hall at Anoya Zulu Boys Secondary School in Chipata.
Minister of Youth Sports and Child Development Moses Mawere urged the school authorities to account for every Kwacha or building material being donated towards the construction.
Mr Mawere said authorities at the school should be giving updates on any stage of the project.
He was speaking through Chipata Mayor Sinoya Mwale during the ground-breaking ceremony in Chipata on Friday.
The event started with a fundraising march past by the pupils from Chipata Shoprite to the school, which is located in Kapata township.
Mr Mawere contributed 100 pockets of cement towards the project and urged the business community and well-wishers in the area to contribute to the project as well.
â€œYou [school authorities] must ensure there is accountability in the way funds are being spent so that the project can be completed on time,â€ he said.
Mr Mawere said Government valued education as evidenced by the number of schools being built in the area.
And Mr Mwale the assembly hall should not be of sub-standard but meet the cityâ€™s building standards.
He also challenged authorities at Anoya Zulu Boys Secondary school to renovate classrooms which were built in 1969 when the school was first opened.
Headteacher Joyce Phiri Mwiinga said pupils at the school has been performing well at grades nine and 12s examination.
Ms Mwiinga said the pass rate was at 75 percent at Grade 12 and 64.3 percent at Grade nine last year.
She said the construction of the assembly hall would help pupils at the school perform even better as they would be using it for academic activities.