Kaumba Secondary School is a newly constructed government owned co-education school. It is located along Chivuna-Mujika road 14 km from Monze town. Kaumba Secondary School started operating on 16th January 2017 as a second government boarding secondary school in Monze district. The school has with 791 pupils of whom 409 are girls while 382 are boys. The School has a total No. of 42 teachers out of which 23 are male and 19 female. The school also has 24 non - teaching staff of whom 5 are on Government PayRoll and 19 on PTA/Board. We have a shortfall of 1 teacher of Science (preferably, with a combination of Physics and Chemistry) and 1 Biology teacher.
The School has 18 classrooms, 4 science laboratories, a computer laboratory, a library, a clinic (with 6 specialized rooms inside), 9 dormitories (4 for boys and 5 for girls), 4 hostel ablution blocks, and 2 learning time ablution blocks.
The 18 classroom implies that at full capacity with maximum of 45 learners per class, the school would have 810 learners in total. On the other hand, each of the 8 dormitories has the capacity of 44 learners. This means that, the school's full bed space capacity is 352.
The school is strategically located in an area surrounded by primary schools that are expected to supply it with day school learners. However, the first shoot of Kaumba Secondary School pupils has shown that parents to learners from catchment schools want their children to be in boarding. Consequently, less than 60 learners out of the projected 240 learners were admitted as day scholars. This could be due to longer distances that learners have to cover from their respective homes.
The school has 1 football pitch, a basketball court and one netball court.
The Kaumba Secondary School Parents and Teachers Association (P.T.A) resolved to increase the accommodation capacity of the school by constructing an additional Hostel for the Girls. The School engaged the area Member of Parliament and the Council for additional funding to this project through Constituency Development Fund (CDF). To that effect the school was given K40, 000.00 for roofing materials from Moomba Constituency CDF allocation. The hostel became available for use in January 2019.
The office of the District Education Board Seceratary (DEBS) - Monze District, mobilised the initial 100 furniture that the school started operating with from neighbouring schools. The Government through the Ministry of General Education – Infrastructure Department further, gave the school 200 new desks (200 chairs and 200 tables). The school was also given 120 Laboratory Stools by the Ministry of General Education. The rest of the furniture was made by the school using frames from neighbouring primary schools.
The school kick started with a vibrant school garden. The garden produce vegetables that are supplied to the boarding section and excess is sold to the local community and town market. Other crops grown include fresh maize and tomatoes. Production at the school garden is done consistently throughout the year without any disturbance from the school academic calendar.
Hammer Mill and Dehauler
Kaumba Secondary School has the named equipment for processing mealie meal and samp for the learners. Besides processing for the learners, the equipment provides the service of preccessing mealie meal and samp to the local community at a fee as a way of generating income for the school.
The school tuck-shop is run by the Practical subjects Department (A.K.A Home Economics Department). Groceries are sold to pupils, school staff and the community.
Kaumba secondary school raises at least, 600 broiler chickens per term for supplying to the boarding section and the community.
School Giving Back to the Community
Kaumba Secondary School is running an ambitious Production Unit (PU) Project with Gardening and Poultry as the major activities. 42 pupils are currently supported by the school through Production Unit. The learners, most of whom come from surrounding areas provide labour for PU activities while the school pays their school fees from the sales of the products. The Vulnerable children are also privileged to learn life supporting skills from the activities taking place under production unit.
Supply of Maize and other Agricultural Produce
The school buys dry maize, sweet potatoes, mangoes and fresh maize from local farmers. This helps local farmers to sell their products locally thereby, cutting the transport costs if they were to supply in town.
PTA/School Board Employees
The school has 24 non - teaching staff out of which 19 are on PTA/School Board payroll. All the nineteen workers are from the local community. Besides, the 19 are on annual renewable contract. The school from time to time engages other locals for any piece work that may be required to be done in the school.
Kaumba Secondary School has two Academic and two Vocational pathways namely; Academic – Natural Sciences and Business Studies, and Vocational – Home Economics & Hospitality and Agricultural Science.
Learning & Teaching Materials
From 2017 to date, Kaumba Secondary School has procured over 3000 assorted textbooks in all the subjects that are taught at the school. Over K100,000.00 has been spent on this activity in the years mentioned.
The School sponsors tea break for members staff which is served from Monday through to Friday on working days. Female members of staff are dressed for the occation on Women’s Day and each one is given Lunch allowance and transport money to enable them participate in the district activities on the material day. On Labour Day and Teachers Day, selected memebers of staff are awarded every year.
Kaumba Secondary School resolved to analyse every end of term test results up to the teacher level to ensure that each teacher account for their performance. Through intensive Continuing Professional Development (CPD) meetings, teachers with poor results are assisted.
The school has also made floating medals for first and second positions per grade and per class. Every term pupils are made to compete for these medals besides the small amount of money and other forms of material awards their are given.