By Thembelihle Mhlanga
TWO newly established schools in Lupane East constituency have benefitted from the Constituency Development Fund.
Lupane East MP, Mbongeni Dube, gave part of the CDF allocation to Dumoluhle Secondary school at Ndamuleni in Gwamba Ward and Ziqalabeni Primary school at Ziqalabeni Village in Lupaka Ward.
The funds have gone towards the ongoing construction of classroom blocks at both schools.
Speaking during a tour of the school development projects, Dube expressed his wish to see every child access education at schools close to them in contrast to the current situation where children walk long distances to their learning centres.
“My wish is to see every child in my constituency get access to education and this can only be achieved by them attending schools within their vicinity, in keeping with their constitutional right,” he said.
The establishment and development of Dumoluhle Secondary School come as a relief to learners who have had to walk a long distance to Lupane centre and St Paul’s for their secondary education.
Before the establishment of Ziqalabeni Primary school, pupils used to endure a 12km walk to Lupaka Primary School.
A villager from Ziqalabeni, Elina Dube, thanked their legislator for availing funds for the establishment of a new school in their area.
“This is a dream come true to us. I have been praying for our own school in our area because our children have been burdened with walking long distances to attend school at Lupaka.
“As if the long-distance was not enough, the road to the school in Lupaka goes through a thick bush that exposes them to danger,” she said.
The legislator, however, bemoaned the lack of seriousness and delays in implementing community projects.
“I am disappointed by the slow implementation of these projects by communities as this unnecessarily delays the completion of the projects and such behaviour is deterrent to well-wishers and would-be sponsors of projects,” Dube said.