THE increase in the number of private schools in Kalingalinga compound has raised concern among residents who have charged that some of them pose health risks for the children.
The residents complained that the rise in the number of illegal private schools was worrying because some of the schools did not have qualified teachers.
They called on the Ministry of Education to ensure that they monitored all private schools to maintain minimum standards.
‘‘The ministry should make sure that these schools have clean surroundings and necessary equipment that are important in the running of any school,’’ one resident said.
Bernard Zulu, a resident of Kalingalinga, said that some private schools were run in homes and the pupils barely had space to move around.
Mr Zulu said that private schools needed well-kept surroundings as the parents were paying a lot of money compared to Government schools.
He said people should not ‘‘just wake up and start turning their homes into schools’’ even when they knew they did not have the necessary equipment to effectively run the institutions for the benefit of the pupils. Mr. Zulu noted that some private schools did not have running water supply and the pupils were forced to carry water to use while at school.
He said it was important that all private schools were inspected by relevant authorities before they were commissioned.
“Some private schools are dirty and do not have running water despite managements charging a lot of money; people are now doing it for the money instead of the passion to educate and ensure that children acquire the needed knowledge for them to be better people in society.
“They have turned schools into a money-making venture where they do not care about the well-being of the pupils,’’ he said.
And Brenda Fumba another Kalingalinga resident said that some private schools did not have qualified teachers because managements could not afford to pay them decent salaries.
Ms. Fumba claimed that most teachers in private schools were not qualified but were just contented in making money at the end of the month whether they taught the standard school syllabus or not.
“We are not discouraging private schools but we just want to ensure that our children get quality education and are in healthy and safe environments’’, she said. -Millennium Radio 90.5FM