Munali Secondary School

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Munali Secondary School is a state-funded secondary school located on the Great East Road, just outside Lusaka, Zambia. Munali was the first secondary school for black students in Zambia's history.[1] Some of its alumni are notable Zambian politicians and public figures:


Colonial times[edit]

In colonial times, Munali was intended as Northern Rhodesia's principal school for talented native Zambians. The school was first established in 1938 as Entral Trade School. Founded in its own right in 1947 as "Munali secondary School" with about 40 pupils, it was originally situated at the David Kaunda campus at "Old Munali". In 1953 the school moved from Old Munali to its current campus at "New Munali".[1]

After independence in 1964, the new Government Cabinet was composed almost entirely of alumni of Munali Secondary School. Notable amongst this cohort were Kenneth Kaunda, and brothers Sikota and Arthur Wina (dcd), the latter having been the husband of Zambia's current Vice-President, Inonge Wina. Other famous alumni include former mayors of Lusaka and several businessmen.

Although all the students were black Zambians, the teachers in the early days were European. Early members of the original teaching staff included: W.C.Little, P.K.Stevenson, Bill Shakspere and H.T. Lyons.

(There was no apartheid as such in Northern Rhodesia, but until 1964 education was racially segregated, with separate schools for whites, blacks, "Indians" and "Cape Coloureds").

Modern times[edit]

The current head teacher is Lloys Yamboto and Abraham Mwanza is the Deputy. The school's pass rate now one of highest in country: 88% in 2006. All standard school subjects are taught.[1]

Munali Secondary School now has three branches: Munali Boys Secondary School, Munali Girls Secondary School and Munali School for the Deaf and Blind. The school's slogan is "Only the best is good enough for Munali." The school produced the entire 1964 Independence Cabinet of the first Republican President of Zambia, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, who himself is a former “Munalian”. The former President Mr. Rupiah Banda is also a former “Munalian”. One unofficial slogan is "Once a Munalian, always a Munalian".

Classes are called M, U, N, A, L, I, S, E, C from Grade 8 to Grade 9 and M, U, N, A, L from grades 10 to 12. This nomenclature is derived from the name of the school: Munali Secondary School. 12M was known as the Kim Jong Il Class, named after the first President of the North Korea. The class had temporarily received financial support from the North Korean Embassy[when?]. The University of Zambia receives many students from Munali School. The school was a secondary school until 2001 when it became a high school. It only recently became a secondary school again after the education system was reorganised by the late President Michael Sata.

Munali Boys Secondary School[edit]

The current headmistress is Mrs. Pwele, who took over from Mr. L. K. Yamboto in 2014. Mr. Chinkata took over from Mr. Saka, who was acting head for about three years.

All classes offer three mandatory subjects (Mathematics, English and Biology) and three optional subjects. There are three pure science classes: M, U and N. The other classes offer physical sciences.[2]


The Munali Boys Debate Society is one of the oldest clubs. One of the most successful panels was made up of Jackson Ngoma, Arthur Kaoma, Mwanza Daka and Simon Ngoma. The Parliament Club which was headed by Auten Kazemba and Peter Changufu.

The school's current and former clubs include Munali News Agency, Commerce, Young Scientific researchers, Children's Rights Club(CRC), Red Cross, Anti-AIDS, Drama, ZICTA, Anti-Corruption, JETS and TEVO.

Munali Girls School[edit]

In 1994 girls were introduced into the junior school and in 2001, given own high school. The girls school was headed[when?] by Mrs. Sumbwa and Mrs. Chanda.


The school is funded by the Government of the Republic of Zambia. The country also has some privately-funded schools, including convent schools and mission schools.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "School History". 23 July 2014.
  2. ^ help provide books to African students - BookCrossing News May 16 2002 Archived 2007-10-18 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2007-10-10
  3. ^ Myers, Garth Andrew (5 August 2018). "Verandahs of Power: Colonialism and Space in Urban Africa". Syracuse University Press – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Facebook profile Retrieved 2010-07-27
  5. ^ news/viewnews.cgi?category=8&id=1047415455 Times of Zambia - Mwananshiku: An icon in Zambia’s economic history Archived 2006-10-12 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2007-10-10

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