Parents and guardians for Children of Kambuwi Primary School in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Mkumbira in Nkhatabay, have accused authorities at the institution of swindling funds, leading to disruption of lessons in Standards 3 to 6.
In fear of accidents associated with rains, parents and community surrounding the school, mobilized bricks and sand for construction of school blocks, to prevent leaners from risks of using trees for shelter.
Last year, Minister of Transport and Communication, Jappie Mhango contributed K 1.5 million towards the initiative.
However, parents and guardians have expressed concern that despite their efforts to ensure construction of the blocks, learners are sent back home when it rains due to lack of school blocks,
In an interview, a community member, Leonard Chirwa said the community worked together for the past years towards the construction of the school blocks.
“We have been mobilizing bricks and sand to the construction site as a community and some contributed money,” he said.
One parent, Martha Manda accused the school’s Parent-Teacher Association Committee of misusing the money and materials for the work.
“It is not new to us hearing that learners are being sent back during rainy season. This has been the case year after year.However this year we thought there will be a change,because last year we were asked to contribute K300 each for construction of a learning block,” she said.
Village Group Headman Kamoza said he was not happy that learners in his area were suffering even when well-wishers provided support for them.
“The school just needs a top up because last year the Minister of Transport Jappie Mhango, contributed K 1.5 million towards the construction,” said Kamoza.
Head teacher the School, Happiness Tsirizani denied the allegations over abuse of money and materials for contraction of school blocks.
“We are building two learning blocks which are at foundation stage.We are failing to complete the project because we ran out of money to pay contractors and purchase more building materials,” she said.
Tsirizani said the situation is bad at the school as four classes learn under trees.
“We are abusing their right to education by sending them back home because of rains. Besides under a tree a lot can happen.What if a branch of falls on them,”she added.
Tsirizani asked government to supportcompletion of the project for children to focus education.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :