Classroom, Desks Shortage Affecting Education in Thyolo

MP White handed over a classroom block at Matumbo Primary School MP White handed over a classroom block at Matumbo Primary School - pic by Luka Beston

Education authorities in Thyolo have conceded that shortage of classroom blocks and desks is affecting education standards and performance in the district.

Thyolo District Education Manager, Godfrey Kubwese says currently, learner to classroom ratio stands at 115, a development that is hampering efforts to ensure quality education in all the 180 primary schools of district.

Kubwese said for instance at Matumbo Primary School, initially the enrolment of 790, had only six classrooms translating to 132 learners in one room.

"The current pupil classroom ratio is 115,which far beyond the government recommended which means we have a great shortfall of classroom infrastructure and desks in the district," he appealed.

He has since called on stakeholders to come to their aid.

To lessen the need, on Wednesday Member of Parliament for Thyolo East Masauko White, handed over a K22 million classroom block constructed with Constituency Development Fund (CDF) basket at Matumbo Primary School.

On his part, MP White said he thought of coming in after noting that the school is in dire need of infrastructure.

"Here we had a shortage of classroom blocks. We have alot of pupils, as the Headteacher has indicated there are approximately 1,000 learners, but they were only six classes here.

"So with the coming in of these blocks, we are going to extend the classes up to standard eight. This is why I decided to construct these blocks here," White said.

Meanwhile, the district's Director of Administration, George Chisuse indicated that the council will work tirelessly with stakeholders to ensure that all the schools have adequate classroom blocks and desks for a conducive environment.

Currently, the government recommends a teacher; 60 pupils ratio.

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