Inferno guts Choma Secondary School

Fire yesterday swept through Choma Secondary School and destroyed property and personal effects belonging to school pupils under unclear circumstances.

According to a Byta FM news crew that visited the school, part of the boys’ dormitory was burnt down in a fire which started around 11:00Hours.

Although no loss of life was immediately reported, some parents vented their anger at the school administration, accusing the teachers of trying to sweep the matter under the carpet.

A fuming parent last evening claimed that Choma Secondary School Head teacher Samuel Mudenda had cautioned teachers and pupils never to disclose anything to their parents about the accident, which is said to have been caused by an electric fault.

The parent complained that the school administration did not find alternative sleeping places for the affected pupils, but instead left them unattended.

Meanwhile, Provincial Education Officer (PEO) Florence Chikalekale who was found at Choma Secondary School after the incident, refused to comment on the matter, claiming she had no information despite having been earlier briefed by the Headmaster.

After being pressed further , Chikalekale referred all questions to the school headteacher who said the administration would issue a statement at an appropriate time after exhausting established channels of communication.

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