Sukulwenkosi Dube Plumtree Correspondent
BULILIMA Rural District Council is building five schools in a bid to reduce distances travelled by pupils in the area.
In a statement, the RDC chief executive officer, Mr John Brown Ncube, said the local authority was building four secondary schools and a primary.“We are concerned about the distances between our secondary schools because they are too far apart. The council is constructing five schools namely Gwambe, Mzwanyana, Mazwaligwe and Khame Secondary Schools while the primary is Gwamagwama,” said Mr Ncube. “Some of these schools are already functional although they have not been completed. These are Gwambe and Mzwanyana Secondary Schools.”
He said the district was failing to lure qualified teachers because of poor accommodation facilities at most schools in Bulilima.
“Teachers shun some of our schools because of poor accommodation. A number of young teachers are reluctant to take up teaching posts at most of our remote schools in the district. This has affected the education sector within our district and resulted in the shortage of teachers at most of our schools. Our schools lose qualified teachers because of lack of decent accommodation and as a result we rely on temporary teachers,” said Mr Ncube.
He urged the community to focus on providing decent accommodation for the teachers.
“It is up to us as a community to provide housing for teachers. Houses with electricity and water supplies will attract qualified teachers for the betterment of our education.
“As a council we have to work with communities in providing decent accommodation for teachers at schools as it is under our jurisdiction,” said Mr Ncube.
He said provision of adequate resources and appropriate learning conditions would ensure a good and enabling environment for pupils.
The district has 80 schools, 62 being primary and 18 secondary.
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