New and renovated classrooms for Zambezi schools

The Zambezi Regional Education Directorate is continuing to invest millions in the construction and renovation of classrooms and hostels as means to provide scholars a conducive learning environment.

In order to give learners a modern and improved learning environment, the directorate is currently maintaining more than 25 primary and secondary schools’ construction and renovation in the region.

On Monday, Education Director Austin Samupwa told Nampa that the renovation and construction of school blocks was done in categories – minor renovation and major overhaul – as part of the directorate’s capital project which aims to put the Zambezi Region, including its learners, in a competing learning environment with the rest of the country.

Samupwa said the Ministry of Education also approved the construction of a technical department aimed to teach learners different trades and vocational skills at the Nsudano Secondary School.

He highlighted the construction of the Mayuni Senior Secondary School hostel for both boys and girls, which cost N.dollars 1.1 million; and the boosting of the water pressure at the Simataa Secondary School which will set back the directorate N.dollars 407 000.

At the Sanjo Senior Secondary School, the directorate is currently extending the hostel blocks to also house technical students admitted at Nsudano, while the renovations of the girls’ hostel and new classrooms at the Caprivi Senior Secondary School will cost N.dollars 1.1 million and N.dollars 1 million, respectively.

Roof construction on some blocks at the Kanono Combined School in the Linyanti Constituency, which were blown off some years ago by strong winds, will cost N.dollars 660 000.

“The aim of all these constructions is to provide our learners with the best. Learners should take this as an investment in their future and success.

The building and renovation of the many classes, blocks and hostels were not approached as a typical construction project but with an aim to give the schools a sense of ownership and how they will be able to maintain them after completion,” Samupwa said.

He added that ongoing construction and renovation projects will not interrupt the learning process when the schools reopen on 14 January 2015.

The education director appealed for patience as the new blocks are also to accommodate a growing number of new school intakes for pre-primary, Grade One, Grade Eight and Grade 11.

“If any disruptions are to take place, it will be minor but all school principals will be able to guide their staff and learners in the absence of certain privileges such as sitting space in classrooms and ablution facilities,” said Samupwa.

SOURCE: NAMPA