A school block constructed under the Local Development Fund (LDF) at Providence Industrial Mission (PIM) primary schools in Chiradzulu has been abandoned due to poor quality of the structure only three years after completion.
Chairperson of Kumitembe Village Transparency and Accountability Club (TAC) in Sub Traditional Authority Wonga, Milton Sukali, said the withdrawal of the building has increased pressure on the few school blocks.
He said: “We are concerned about the way the project was handled. The whole floor cracked and turned into dust. This includes the chalkboards which fell off due to cracks that developed in the walls.
Head teacher for the school, Dymond Mtuluko, said as a result of the situation noted in the block, 177 Standard Seven pupils are learning under a tree.
“It is a deplorable situation as we now have to use alternatives that are not conducive to accommodate pupils that have been displaced following the declaration of the block as unfit,” he said.
The TAC group is part of Zotheka project by the Pan African Civic Educators Network (Pacenet) with funding from Tilitonse. n