Pupils in Vubwi use tobacco sheds for classrooms


PUPILS at Vubwi Day Secondary School are using tobacco sheds as classrooms due to inadequate infrastructure, Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education Michael Kaingu has learnt.
The school is also threatened with an unplanned closure because the Tobacco Association of Zambia (TAZ) wants to repossess the sheds.
This came to light when Dr Kaingu visited the school on Wednesday.
School headteacher Aled Tembo told the minister that officers from TAZ have threatened to repossess the sheds and that this would leave the pupils stranded.
“The school is under threat because the TAZ has been coming here wanting to repossess the sheds, and this is worrying to us,” Mrs Tembo said.
She however, thanked Government for securing another site for the school where a three-room classroom block and five teachers’ houses have already been constructed in partnership with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
Dr Kaingu assured the school that Government will ensure that the construction of the new school is accelerated so that pupils could learn in a conducive environment.
“It is very embarrassing that in this day and age, we can have such facilities where our pupils are learning from,” the minister said.

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