THE electrification of Mushindamo High School in Solwezi has cheered the institution’s management which says the development will enhance the teaching of ICT. The school headteacher Violet Luputa praised Government for electrifying the school. Ms Luputa said the electrification of the school had not only enhanced the learning of information and communication technology (ICT) at the school but has also motivated both the pupils and the teaching staff. She said previously, the school relied on diesel powered generators to electrify the school which she said was difficult to cope with. “In the past we were using a generator to power the school, so that limited how much work we must do. For instance when we have access to power for an hour, meaning everything has to be done within that period. “But now that is a thing of the past because we have power every day without interruption; and that is why we are thanking Government for what it has done,” said Ms Luputa. She also commended Government for opening a state of the art and well equipped girls boarding school in the area, saying the facility had helped reduce distances the pupils used to cover to access education services. “For instance science laboratories, metal and woodwork workshops including a computer lab are well equipped. So this makes the pupils access the same facilities like those in urban schools ,” she said. She however bemoaned the low levels of pupil retention which she attributed to bad state of the Mushindamo road. “Usually in term one the numbers for Grade 10s and 8s are high, but they reduce in term two. This is because of the experience the pupils have on the road when reporting in January and also when going for holidays in April,” she said. She appealed to Government to quickly work on the road if the pupil retention was to improve. Meanwhile, Mushindamo district commissioner Benson Ngambo said the completion and opening of Mushindamo Technical Girls High School was a clear indication of the Patriotic Front government’s commitment to improving the education standards not only in Mushindamo district but across the country. He said the school was the first of its kind in the district which he said would improve the levels of girl child education. “Apart from that His Excellency the President donated 50 computers to the school and also a truck so that it can ease the transportation of various materials to the school,’’ he said.