Shortage of Toilets, Desks Hit Kapichi Primary School

The toilets at the Kapichi The toilets at the Kapichi - pic by Luka Beston

Two weeks after opening of the 2023/2024 school calendar, it has been revealed that Kapichi primary school in Thyolo is operating without proper toilets and with a few desks.

This has forced traditional leaders and school authorities to call upon stakeholders and school alumni to help in addressing the challenges.

Group village headman Kapichi said the situation is something else since it is five months now after cyclone Freddy damaged all the sanitary facilities.

The GVH said following that, community members constructed the make-shift toilets and washrooms using plastic sheets, but currently they have also been damaged such that there is no privacy for female learners.

"The school had toilets five months ago but cyclone Freddy damaged all of them.

Time is now for all the people who learned at Kapichi primary school to come forward and help the school," he appealed.

On the other hand, GVH Kapichi said the school is also facing shortage of desks, now that it is only standard eight which has a few desks.

Confirming the development on Tuesday, headteacher for the school Princewell Saulos said 876 female learners are relieving themselves in a temporary toilet or surrounding bushes.

Saulos has indicated that lack of desks at the school is dire and affecting girl's education as they find it difficult to respond to questions in classes.

"We are in dire need of toilets mainly for girls at the school since all collapse. Girls are indeed in trouble and the situation is very pathetic since there is no privacy. Similarly, on desks, we only have 20 which were donated by Eastern Produce Malawi (EPM)," he said.

Corroborating the concerns, Primary Education Advisor for the area, Flossy Kapyola said something has to be done urgently since girls privacy is affected due to lack of toilets, also revealing that only 20 standard eight learners have access to desks at the school.

"In the meantime, the school only has a temporary toilet which is even very dangerous to the learners. On desks, many learners are sitting on the floor," she said.

In March this year, the southern part of the country was heavily hit with cyclone Freddy which killed tens of people and displaced hundreds of households and washed way crops among others.

The cyclone also damaged public infrastructures such as roads, bridges, classroom blocks and sanitary facilities.

However, as the rains fast approaches, it has been noted that some school structures remain unattended to like toilets at Kapichi primary school.

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