Overcrowding at Nakonde primary school

Please ba ZWD Hide My Identity at all cost for security reasons. And kindly publish this letter in your site. It will help a lot of us Nakonde Residents who do not have a representative in Parliament. Hon. Eble Sichula the PF MP and the PF as a Party in General has really failed a lot of people in Nakonde especially in terms of education and roads, and you the Watchdog we count you to as our inseparable representatives.
OPEN LETTER TO THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

ATTENTION PROVINCIAL EDUCATION OFFICER ‘MUCHINGA PROVINCE and NAKONDE DEBS’ OFFICE.
Dear Government;

RE: ROOM CRISES AT NTINDI PRIMARY SCHOOL IN NAKONDE DISTRICT AS TEACHERS REFUSE ACCEPTING PUPILS ON TRANSFER.

We Nakonde parents write to complain to you over the room pupil population crises at our local government school (Ntindi Primary). This has been caused mainly by the creation of the secondary school within the premises of Ntindi Primary. We know nixing secondary school to the already existing primary schools is a government policy which is supposed to be held and supported by us stakeholders. But what has happened at Ntindi School is worse than solving the problem of secondary school.
We understand that according to the Ministry of Education, currently; Ntindi Primary School has the highest pupil population in Zambia with 4000 pupils from Pre School to Grade 7. This has made the average number of pupils per class to be 130 to 140, something extremely abnormal and alarming in our country setup as a third world nation.
Now what a lot of parents are annoyed is the decision that has been taken by the Administration of Ntindi Primary School of not allowing our children on transfer to be admitted in school giving a reason that places are full in all Grades. This dear Ministry has made our work difficult as parents especially us Police Officers and Nurses who have been depending on this school for the education of our children. A lot of children for civil servants in other government departments have been denied places at Ntindi Primary School by the School Management hence the children are now just at home doing nothing as they have been denied places at Ntindi which is the only nearby school. This is worse to the parents that are not working as they are no alternative of taking their children to private schools due to lack of money. Because of the refusal of the school places by the school management, a lot of children have now stopped learning and have just resorted to delinquent behavior doing peace works as well as stealing. The situation at Ntindi School is 10 times worse as I am describing it. The situation has defeated government policy of having all the children above the age of 7 to have primary education.
We therefore urge the government through the Ministry of Education to move in and arrest the situation before it is too late. Where can we be taking our children if all teachers refuse to accept our children’s transfers? The teachers at this school are notoriously fame and not understanding as such, they would not allow any child on transfer to have a place in their school. We have been reporting to the Local DC and the DEBS but surprisingly no action has been taken to alleviate the problem.
Surrounding Parents have themselves voted to be paying K100 per households of which it has been done but sadly up to now, no foundation for the building of the 1 x 3 Classroom Block has been laid by the School PTA. The School PTA is actually frustrating the efforts of the parents by not implementing what they promise the parents during Annual General Meetings. Because of this, some of the parents that want to pay are still withholding their K100.00 and have vowed to only release it after the School Parent Teacher Association Executive has started the construction. We urge the Office of the DEBS to advise the School Manager to begin the construction since a good number of parents have already paid the money towards the same. It is demoralizing for the committed parents that have paid K100 each to see their hard earned money not being correctly utilized.
Having reported a lot of issues to necessary authorities, our request, demand and resolution as Parents sending children to Ntindi Primary School are as follows;
1. The government through the Ministry of Education should consider shifting Ntindi Secondary School to an independent site so that the rooms which are being used by the Grades 8 to 12 pupils can be given to the Primary Section to decongest the worst congested school in Zambia. Currently children at this school are learning like slaves or prisoners at due to limited classrooms for the Primary Section. Ntindi School has a very big piece of land just behind the other classroom block which can be developed into secondary school instead of the secondary school continuing to squeeze themselves in infrasture of the primary school at the expense of the young children.
2. The government should ensure that the school authority should be made to start utilizing the funds that have been voluntarily donated by parents to increase the classroom blocks in the school.
3. The government should consider funding the Primary School for the construction of the two 1×3 classroom blocks. The parents of so far constructed three 1×3 classroom blocks. The Ntindi school parents are doing enough in having the classroom blocks increased but there is no motivation from the central government to help the parents build more classroom blocks.
4. The DEBS Office should issue a directive to the Ntindi Primary school Head teacher to stop denying pupils coming on transfer from other schools. The pupils from other schools coming on transfer should be enrolled at the school and denying them places is not a good solution of solving the accommodation problems at school but constructing more classroom blocks is the answer.
5. Ntindi Primary school should be divided into two with two head teachers. Personally, I have been a teacher for 45 years and I am now retired and I have worked nearly in all nine provinces of Zambia and I have never seen not alone hearing of a primary school with about 4000 pupils. This tells you that such a number is unprecedented in the history of Zambian education. So such a number must be probably under 2 or 3 Head teachers and not one as the case is currently with Ntindi School. Management of the school is very difficult in such a case. Separating the school in two or three can be the solution to this problem provided more classroom blocks are constructed by the government.
Kindly take our request seriously because if this diplomacy fails, then about 1000 parents will be allowed to march to the DEBS and DC Offices in solidarity to have the issues resolved. So we have written this letter in order to have our challenges sorted out by your Ministry.
We believe that, our newly elected President His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu will intervene in the challenges that Nakonde Parents are facing especially those that have no alternative school to take their children.
The government should urgently build another school with 40 classrooms near Ntindi Primary School to help decongest Ntindi Primary School. Otherwise, our children are really suffering at that school. You can imagine 4000 Primary School Children using only 12 0r 14 toilets. Where in Zambia? The Parents are planning to demonstrate to the DC and the Nakonde DEBS if the government does not address our challenges in the earliest possible time. Indeed we have now ran out of patience, we fear for the lives of our children.
The government should urgently build another school with 40 classrooms near Ntindi Primary School to help decongest Ntindi Primary School. Otherwise, our children are really suffering at that school. You can imagine 4000 Primary School Children using only 12 0r 14 toilets. Where in Zambia? The Parents are planning to demonstrate to the DC and the Nakonde DEBS if the government does not address our challenges in the earliest possible time. Indeed we have now ran out of patience, we fear for the lives of our children.
PLEASE OUR PRESIDENT, ANSWER OUR CRY AS NAKONDE PARENTS, WE ARE AT YOUR KNEES DESPERATELY SEEKING YOUR QUICK RESPONSE.
WRITTEN BY CONCERNED PARENTS OF NAKONDE REPRESENTING 1000 PARENTS. (NTINDI PRIMARY SCHOOL)

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