Provincial Permanent Secretary Bernard Chomba says there is need for teachers and school administrators to strictly enforce health regulations to avoid schools becoming super spreaders of Covid-19.
Mr Chomba said after conducting an abrupt inspection of David Lamushu Combined School in Kabwe on Friday that there was need for children to mask up and maintain social distance during classes.
David Lamushu which is located in Makululu, one of Zambia’s biggest slum, has primary and secondary sections and is one of the highly populated schools in the district.
The Permanent Secretary was accompanied by Kabwe District Education Board Secretary Dr Zikani Kaira and District Commissioner Samson Lupupa.
He expressed disappointment after discovering congested classes at primary section while some secondary section classes were free.
Additionally, some primary grades were being forced to knock off at break time in a bid to create space for others when classes at secondary section within the same premises were not being used.
“This is a demonstration of lack of coordination and planning between the two head teachers,” said Mr Chomba as he addressed Mr Manasseh Phiri the head for secondary and his counterpart Beatrice Alwisho for primary section.
“If some classes are free, why can’t you divide these classes that are congested and take some children to the free classes to enhance social distance? We don’t want schools to become super spreaders of the virus and you need to be strict with the health rules.
The Permanent Secretary however commended the teachers for their resilience and hard work amid challenges that had been worsened by the pandemic.
Mr Chomba also toured Kabwe Central Hospital to appreciate the operations of the institution amid the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.
Hospital medical superintendent Dr Victor Kusweji briefed the Permanent Secretary that the hospital had been supplied with necessary drugs, oxygen as well as 16 concentrators and seven ventilators for Covid-19 patients.
Dr Kusweji revealed that Ward 11 which had allocated as Covid-19 ward at the hospital and the isolation centre in Bwacha were usually full during the second wave of the pandemic.
He however, noted that the institution was facing challenges in surveillance due to inadequate transport and appealed for help.
Mr Chomba commended the hospital management for the efforts aimed at addressing the situation and assured of the government support to cushion the challenges faced.