Primary Schools reopen with no PPE’s in rural areas: secondary schools still closed

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By Staff Writer


Akometsi visited some schools in remote areas of Nkhatabay, Rumphi and Mzimba on Monday where they established that most primary schools were running standard eight classes but without adequate corona virus preventive equipments in place.

Separate findings indicated that most community secondary schools were not functional as teachers disclosed they were not ready for the reopening of schools due to lack of materials.

Other teachers revealed that they were still not trained on how they would manage teaching amid corona virus crisis.

In primary section, almost all schools that we visited had began offering lessons to standard eight learners despite lack of necessary materials and high absenteeism, especially among girls.

In Nkhatabay, we visited Kayowozi primary school where we established that both learners and teachers were not equipped with necessary materials like sanitizers and thermometers.

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“We don’t have all the materials. All the same. We’d to start classes as per the order from government,” said Gospel Chirwa, deputy head teacher.

In Rumphi, we toured some schools in Hewe and found that all teachers were discharging their duties diligently in preparing their learners for the national exams slated for September 30.

However, most schools lucked materials in adherence to corona virus.

In Mzimba, similar experience. All in all, schools have reopened in most rural areas, though, with high numbers of absenteeism, especially, for girls.

Government directed that schools reopen on September 7 after closure on March 23 in adherence to corona virus.

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