Kasungu — Ministry of Education Science and Technology has handed over 1200 mattresses to Kasungu Teacher Training College (TTC) which had its mattresses burnt to ashes to the arson that happened on 2 March this year.
Deputy Minister for the ministry, Agnes Chatipwa presided over the ceremony at the college hall today, Friday where education officials were also in attendance.
She said Government was really shocked over the tragedy that the college faced, hence the timely intervention.
"With the mattresses being handed over now after such a short notice, this clearly shows how committed the Joyce Banda led government is concerned on the well fair of its citizens even in times of need like these," highlighted Chatipwa.
The deputy minister therefore called the student teachers to take good care of the said goods so that the sustainability of them is assured.
In his remarks, the college's Principal, Staliko Chibwe thanked State Presidenty Dr. Joyce Banda through the MOEST for the timely and kind gesture.
"We had nowhere to run to as the students welfare was to a larger extent affected as they continued to sleep on flows. If it was not for this help, the story could have remained the same. Let other well-wishers follow suit as the destroyed office block also needs major renovations," said Chibwe.
He continued to say that due to the destroyed office block which also housed the mattresses at the time of the incidence, a lot of programs were hurt as the Craft, Arts and Technology (CRT) room which was badly damaged also served as an examination room and as a hostel for the Open and Distance Learning students who cannot all be accommodated from the existing hostels.
Students' president, Chancy Felix Mwakilama said the mattresses would ease their comfortability problems they had before their arrival.
The ministry had spent over K34 million for the 1200 new mattresses, replacing the same number of the mattresses that were damaged to the fierce fire that gutted down the office block at the college.