The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has disclosed its plans to reconstruct Balaka Secondary School which currently has inadequate facilities.
The portfolio’s minister, Bright Msaka, disclosed the plans when he addressed a rally this week at Manica Community Ground in Balaka the district.
He said just like any other district secondary school, Balaka has insufficient facilities befitting a national secondary school, hence the plan to upgrade it.
“We have already visited the school after getting reports that the conditions at the school are not conducive.
“Assessors went and have done all the bills of quantities. The school will be expanded to a modern secondary school,” he said.
Msaka said government will construct adequate classrooms, a library, a good administrative block, a multi-purpose hall as well as a fence around the school to safeguard the students.
He disclosed that the World Bank has also approved the construction of 100 secondary schools countrywide in addition to 200 others that will be constructed with funding from the American Government.
“Additionally, government will also construct seven other secondary schools in Balaka. In fact, if you compare Balaka and other districts, you will see the district has few secondary schools.
“We need to educate the next generation which will be capable of developing this country to compete with other big economies, and this will only happen through education,” he said.
Also speaking, Traditional Authority Nsamala hailed government for the various developmental activities taking place in Balaka.
“Government has shown its commitment to people of Balaka. Lately, we have seen the President coming in person to cheer people affected by disasters in Phalula. We have also seen good road infrastructure in our district,” said T.A. Nsamala.
“All this is a demonstration of commitment government has for the welfare of people of Balaka and we would like to acknowledge all the efforts,” he said.