The spoliation of the movable heritage of public schools, a thorn for the school environment of Kinshasa

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Kinshasa, September 19th, 2022(CPA).- The spoliation of the movable heritage of public schools in the city-province of Kinshasa, becomes a thorn in the training of the Congolese elite in better conditions, noted CPA.

For nearly two decades, the land surrounding public schools in the country, particularly those in the capital, have been victims of spoliation.

The Congolese Press Agency noted this, after a round made in different educational provinces of the city, namely Plateau, Tshangu, Mont Amba, Funa and Lukunga, where some schools are affected by this drama which has negative repercussions on the education of children.

Among these establishments, it is necessary to retain in particular the Technical Institute of Kinkole, in the educational province of the Plateau, invaded by anarchic constructions and other residential buildings recently built.

In the N’djili municipality, the Sonapangu public school located on Kimbuta Boulevard, found itself surrounded by bars and car garages whose noise pollution does not spare the students’ learning.

The Lemba athenaeum is also not exempt from the “phenomenon bistros and pirate markets” in its surroundings.

In Funa, the Ngiri-Ngiri athenaeum and the Matonge technical and professional high school are experiencing the same situation.

This phenomenon has a negative influence on students’ attention during class hours.

The educational provinces at work

In view of all these evils that plague the Congolese education system, it is appropriate to recall that the annual performance review recently evaluated by the teaching staff retained the consolidation of free education and the fight against anti-values ​​as the theme of the school year in Classes.

It is from this angle that the educational province of Funa had recently taken the option of seeking synergy work with the mayors, since the illegal occupants of looted public schools justify themselves on the pretext of authorizations to operate on a precarious basis granted to them by the municipal authorities.

The director of the educational province of Funa, reports, asked for a collaboration with the latter to succeed in any way in eradicating the scourge.

Responding to the Chief Inspector, the burgomaster of the municipality of Ngiri Ngiri, Jeremie Dueme Mpayi, responded by granting a three-month period to illegal occupants of schools in order to secure the education sector.

« As a father, I believe that this measure will help preserve the education of young people, because they deserve our support, » he said.

Obstacles to the implementation of “Kinshasa Bopeto”

In the same context, the provincial Minister in charge of the Interior Didier Tenge te Litho had organized, on September 12th, a meeting in the municipality of Bandalungwa with the tenants of bars, restaurants, churches and other economic operators occupying the surroundings of schools which clutter public rights-of-way, also becoming sources of insalubrity, and hence obstacles to the implementation of the « Kinshasa Bopeto » initiative.

Didier Tenge te Litho announced, during this meeting, measures for the immediate evacuation of the kiosks, so that the authority of the State as a public power is maintained, before promising the continuity of this inspection initiative in other municipalities.

For his part, the national Minister in charge of Primary, Secondary and Technical Education, Tony Mwaba Kazadi, has just laid the foundations through a meeting organized on September 15th, at the Resource Centre for Teachers in Kinshasa (CREK), at the result of which he set up a permanent commission responsible for identifying all cases of spoliation of the movable and immovable heritage of his ministry in the Congolese capital.

This commission, we note, will be supervised by the provincial minister in charge of education, Charles Mbutamuntu Lwanga.

President Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, during the 69th meeting of the Council of Ministers held recently, encouraged the government in its action aimed at recovering and safeguarding the real estate heritage of the private domain of the State held or acquired unduly by third parties, we recall.

To this end, the Head of State instructed the government to set up effective mechanisms to strengthen the existing legal and regulatory mechanisms, so that it is quickly possible to recover, on the one hand, public property illegally torn from the heritage of the State, and on the other hand, to avoid the errors of the past. CPA/