People living around Traditional Authority (T/A) Bvumbwe’s Makungwa headquarters in Thyolo can breathe a sigh of relief as the Thyolo District Council has set aside K10 million (about $) from its Development Fund to construct a secondary school in the area.
At the moment, students from the area walk for as long as 15 kilometres to Mountain View secondary school, hence the new school, to be called Chiliza, will ease mobility problems.
Speaking in an interview on Thursday, Thyolo director of planning and development (DPD) Douglas Moffat said the council was still discussing with other partners to support the project which is budgeted at K70 million Kwacha.
“The ministry of education, science and technology gave us a condition that we construct two class room blocks, a staff room and a teacher’s house, the K10 million is just a starting point and we are glad that member of Parliament (MP) for the area has pledged to support us with an additional K10 Million.
“We are planning to include the project in the 2016/2017 budget if we fail to get the required support so that by the beginning of the 2016/2017 school calendar in September, the project will have been completed,” explained Moffat.
District commissioner (DC) for Thyolo, Charles Thombozi called on Civil Society Organisations working in the district to partner with the council on the project.
“We are planning to construct three other secondary schools and two primary schools. We have already constructed a market at the boma and we are buying daily cattle to be distributed to farmers in a bid to promote daily farming in the district,” he said.
Thyolo CSO Network Chairperson Willard Mwambo said the network will sit down with council officials to see how they can help.