LACK OF INFRASTRUCTURE SUFFOCATES IPONGA CDSS
Written by Winkly Mwaulambo on September 7, 2022
Education continues to face many hiccups at Iponga Community Day Secondary School in Karonga due to lack of standard infrastructures despite communities and development committees reporting to relevant authorities in a bid to alleviate such challenges.
This has been revealed when officials from Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace-CCJP of Karonga Diocese and Norwegian Church Aid and Dan Church Aid –NCA/DCA under the project known as Fighting Inequalities implemented in Traditional Authorities Mwakaboko and Wasambo in the district visited the School.
Among other revelations the school uses an old block as a laboratory which used to be an office for a revenue collector during one party era.
According to one of science teachers at the school Gabriel Chizumira materials in the laboratory are not enough and the facility is not spacious to accommodate all students at the school which in the end contributes to poor performance for such students.
Chizumira added that most of the students walk long distances as far as 20 kilometres to school a situation that has forced the school to start accommodating such students in some of blocks designed as library and laboratory by government many years ago but not yet finished.
Speaking to Tuntufye FM Online NCA/DCA National Programmes Officer for Fighting Inequalities project MacDonald Mphangwe bad shapes of roads including bridges leading to the school also prevent communities especially girls from accessing quality education and they will try to bring on board duty bearers to improve and work on such inequalities that the school is facing because as a country something must be done.
Iponga CDSS serves fifteen primary schools in the area and only three of them are near it.
By Winkly Mwaulambo.