Luanshya disinfects schools ahead of opening


Luanshya district has begun the disinfection of schools in the area ahead of the reopening of schools on February 1st 2021.

Luanshya District Commissioner Patrick Maipambe said the exercise which will run from 26th to 30th January 2021, will include both public and private schools.

“We have started the disinfecting of schools to create a clean learning environment for our learners, the gesture will even be extended to private schools to make the exercise inclusive as government does not want to leave anyone behind,” he said.

Mr. Maipambe said the Hindu society of Luanshya had donated 80 liters of chemicals which will be used to kick start the exercise.

He however said the district was still expecting more chemicals from other stakeholders including Luanshya Copper mines and Antelope milling limited.

He further said the exercise will be done in collaboration with the local authority department of public health and the Ministry of health.

And Luanshya District Education board Secretary Chilombo Kabwe said all is set and the schools are prepared to begin the exercise.

“We have engaged all our school head teachers to make available their schools for the purpose of disinfection before learners come back,” Mr. Kabwe said.

He said the district required 100 kilograms of granulated Chlorine for the exercise.

Luanshya DEBS added that his office had no financial capacity to facilitate the disinfection exercise and had since engaged stakeholders through the district administration to come on board.

Mr. Kabwe further disclosed that his office has sourced face masks for learners through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit DMMU.

Schools are set to reopen on Monday 1st February 2021 after government postponed the opening date from 18th January 2021.

The shift was meant to allow education facilities to put in place Covid -19 health guidelines aimed at protecting learners and teachers.