THE Lusaka City Council (LCC) has ordered for the closure of Chamba Valley Primary School in Lusaka for contravening the provisions of the Public Health Act among other health regulations.
Assistant LCC Public Relations Manager Brenda Katongola says the school has also contravened the Local Government (Solid Waste Management) regulations and the Local Government Act number 281 on Street vending and nuisances.
Katongola said an inspection of the school premises discovered that the school was operating under unsanitary conditions.
“There was open defection around the school premises, there was no access to sanitary facilities for pupils as the toilets were closed at the time of inspection and there was no running water,” Katongola said.
She said other findings were that the same school was not subscribed to waste management and that the sanitary facilities were dirty as well as staff toilets.
“[There was] no provision of waste receptacles in classrooms, poor vegetation control (tall grass), improper waste management (littered surroundings and use of a pit to dispose of waste) and no provision of hand wash facilities,” said Katongola.
And Katongola said the school has been ordered to close until remedial measures are put in place and a re-inspection of the premises is conducted in accordance with the given instructions.
News Source: Mwebantu