Nkhotakota Youths demand secondary school
Young people residing around Lupachi in Traditional Authority Kasitu’s area in Nkhotakota have sought the intervention of the government on the challenges they are encountering to access secondary education.
This came out during an interaction between members of the district’s youth network under Nkhotakota Youth Organisation and the Minister of Labour, Sports and Manpower Development Francis Kasail.
They told the minister that the absence of a secondary school at Lupachi, which is a hard to reach area, is a quite a burden.
“The nearest Community Day Secondary School is situated at Kasitu which is more than 100 kilometres away. Currently, only two out of ten people manage to go to school. And despite being selected to study at Kasitu, no girl is currently accessing secondary education at Lupachi,” said one member who chose to remain anonymous.
In response, Kasaila urged the group to write a proposal to the Local Development Fund (LDF) so that at least two classroom blocks can be constructed in the area.
“Some of these challenges can be addressed at local level through the District Commissioner’s office, in line with the decentralization policy. It is very sad to note that the youth who are a majority of the country’s population, are failing to go to school,” said Kasaila.
Nkhotakota Youth Organisation, which is commemorating 20 years of providing vocational skills to the youths, facilitated the meeting.
Its Executive Director Robert M’baya said it was pleasing to note that more young people in the district are showing great interest in issues that affecting their lives.
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