As with most educational establishments in Zambia, funding is a big problem. The school tries to hold fees at a rate which allows all those gaining the necessary entrance marks to obtain places. The present rate is K370,000 per term for Boarders. This includes full board and accommodation.
It is hoped to offer bursaries to pupils who would find this increase to be prohibitive. This is in the assumption that suitable donors can be found. In some cases, pupils have to stay away from school for many months as their parents cannot find the necessary fees. This can have a detrimental effect on their performance and exam results.
As a Christian school, a major focus is on the Christian Gospel. The school has morning prayers each morning, and a Sunday morning service which all pupils are expected to attend. In addition, a Scripture Union is active and other Christian denominations have their own Bible Study periods. Pupils of other denominations are encouraged to attend their own place of worship within the Mission. The School Chaplain takes an active part in the school, and a number of pupils take advantage of Recruitment Classes for Salvation Army soldiership. Some 24 pupils were enrolled as Soldiers at Chikankata Corps during the past 12 months. These young people will return to their own villages and attend their local corps. The Corps band is made up of mainly school pupils and assist in worship throughout the academic year. The School Choir programme is almost exclusively made up of Christian music. It regularly assists in the Corps programme and has produced a tape of its music. Both band and choir take part in major Divisional events, and a number of the pupils play in the Territorial Band.
Extra-curricular activities are very restricted due to lack of funding and equipment. However, the Salvation Army is very proud of the school. In 1945 the school moved from its earlier site in Ibwe Munyama to the present site, offered by Chief Mwenda at Chikankata. It became a Secondary School in 1960 and in 1998 was designated a High School by the Zambian Ministry of Education. The school Constitution commences: ‘The Mission of the Chikankata High School will be to promote an academic process within the Republic of Zambia which is in compliance with the principles of the
Salvation Army. This will be achieved through the maintenance of a curriculum
relevant and necessary for promoting the Christian, economic and social development
of this Nation and its citizens’.
It is the prayer of those teachers, staff and workers that the above Mission Statement is seen in action.
For more informa