BY PETER MALASHA
MKUSHI South Member of Parliament Davis Chisopa has refuted claims by Chief Chikupili’s advisor Martin Pupwe’s that Chimoka School headteacher was spending nights in a vehicle.
In interview with the Daily Nation, Mr. Chisopa said the statement was not a true reflection of what was obtaining, but admitted that the school lacked accommodation for teachers and furniture for both pupils and teachers.
Mr. Chisopa however urged Mr. Pupwe and the Chimoka community not to be misled by the Chimoka Primary School head teacher whom he accused of practising partisan politics. He also claimed the head teacher had been removed from another school , Kapyanga primary School for same reasons.
” There is nothing like the head teacher spending nights in the vehicle. Yes, there is no teachers’ accommodation and furniture but he does not sleep in the vehicle,” Mr. Chisopa said.
Mr. Chisopa advised the head teacher to stop manipulating and influencing traditional rulers in the area through falsehood in a bid to gain political mileage.
The MP, who is also former Central Province minister stressed that Chimoka school was not yet upgraded and gazetted as primary School but still fell under community Schools.
Mr. Chisopa said government was doing everything possible to improve the situation and recently deployed a qualified teacher to the School to uplift standards.
He said plans were underway to mobilise resources through Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and Equalisation fund to improve school infrastructure.
Mr. Chisopa said the Patriot Front government wanted to promote education for all and that no one should be left behind.
Meanwhile, Mkushi youths have welcomed plans by Ichibwelamushi traditional ceremony organising committee to establish the agriculture youth skills centre in Mkushi.
Mkushi District youth coordination committee coordinator Bright Mumba said in an interview with the Daily Nation that the move was not only welcome but the best way to empower youths with livelihood skills and take agriculture as business.
Mr. Mumba said that way, youths would have technical know how and broader understanding of what they wanted to undertake for development.
“The best way to teach people is to teach them how to catch fish not how to eat.
This is exactly what training does because it gives knowledge and that knowledge no one can grab it.
This is a wonderful idea from our leaders.
“We therefore need to get involved and share the idea as well as prepare youths to change their mind sets so that when such an opportunity comes, it is taken as a serious business to make a difference,” Mr. Mumba said.