Kasama, June 18, 2019, ZANIS---Government has announced plans to open three secondary schools in Northern Province which are under construction.

Northern Province Minister, Brian Mundubile said the three schools namely, Musa Day and Ntumpa Boarding in Kasama district and Kanyanta Girls Technical Secondary school in Mungwi district will be opened to the public in January 2020.

Mr Mundubile said he is satisfied with the progress that has been made on the three schools and does not want to continue delaying their opening to the public.

The Provincial Minister said this in an interview with ZANIS in Kasama shortly after inspecting Ntumpa Boarding Secondary school.

He has since urged contractors working on the three secondary schools to complete the remaining works in readiness for their opening next January.

He disclosed that he will proceed to engage the Ministry of General Education to release the remaining money for the schools so that contractors can complete the works.

Meanwhile, the Minister has directed the Chinese contractor working on Ntumpa Boarding Secondary School to recall the contractor who was sub contracted to connect electricity to the school so that he can redo the work.

The Minister said the contractor did substandard works and need to redo the work so that ZESCO can move in and connect the school to the nation electricity grid.

Earlier, Northern Province Education Officer (PEO) Humphrey Simutowe had indicated that works at the schools are almost complete and the contractors were waiting for final payments to finalise the works.

Mr Simutowe said his office is however ready to have the schools opened to the public in January.

The three schools will create over 1,200 school places for learners in the province of which about 750 places will be boarding places while the rest will be day.