Kitwe did not always have so many schools. In the early 1960s there was a shortage of primary and secondary schools. Adolescents who were maturing into young men and women grabbed the opportunity to go to school when new primary schools were built.
Nkana and Chamboli Primary schools were among the early school in the south of Kitwe.
Refugees from Poland during World War II and British scouts founded Scout groups in Northern Rhodesia, as Zambia was called before 1964.
A camping site where a scout Jamboree was once held along Lwanshimba Road, near the junction with Ndola-Kitwe dual carriage way, is widely believed to have given rise to the name Chamboli (the Bemba language has neither a “J” nor “R” sound).
Twashuka primary school had Night Classes. It was common to find pupils who were shaving their beards attending primary school with the lucky children who were now starting school at the age of 7. This also meant some young children not being able to get into primary school because of the intense competition.
Birth certificates were not readily available for most children, and one of the arbitrary tests carried out(at some schools) to see if a child was old enough to enroll, was to ask them to reach over the top of the head with one arm and touch the opposite ear! If they failed to touch the ear they were asked to come back the following year.
The first class at Chamboli Secondary School moved from Twashuka Primary School where they had been squatting. Chamboli Secondary School opened its doors in 1965, under the watchful eye of Mr Robertson Namutabo. He was a learned and respected Head Teacher. Construction continued, with the addition of additional classes and labs. In the late 70s extra classes were built.
Over the years, there have been a procession of teachers, fondly remembered by former students. Graduates is a forum where former students and teachers reminisce.
Mr David Talbot has kindly made this footage available: A film made with 5th year pupils at Chamboli Secondary School, Kitwe, Zambia in 1971 (copied from 8mm film). They made the film as part of their English Language project.
Two students in this photo from the video look like George Walubita and Jameson Mwansa from Form 5A (Class of 71)
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