Children at Eswazini feel not inspired to go to school because of inadequate teaching and learning resources at Eswazini primary school,Traditional Authority Kampingo Sibande in Mzimba district.
Brenda Mbizi who is in standard 6 attributes shortage of desks and other learning materials at the school as one of the main reasons that contribute to school dropout among girls who opt for marriage.
The development was learnt when Malawi Institute of Journalism Students from Mzuzu visited the area on 22 October to appreciate the life of children in the community.
“We struggle to take care of ourselves especially when teachers ask questions and want somebody to stand and respond. What we experience even make most girls not attending classes to avoid disgracing ourselves in front of the teacher and male fellow pupils”, said Mbizi.
Head teacher of Eswazini primary school Jarlos Kayoyo concured with his pupil concern. “The school lacks enough teachers guide and learner’s books. During classes, about 10 learners use one book making it hard for them to follow lessons and even discouraged to participate, especially those who are grown up,” Kayoyo explained.
“It is only standard 8 class that has desk even though are not enough in accordance to the number of the learners so that 3 learners do sit in one desk.
Meanwhile, he is urging the school alumini, NGO’s and the government to take part in helping the school with teaching and learning resources for the school to inspire learners at Eswazini community
By ELLINES OWEN and RABECA PRECIOUS