Pupils learning under a rock in Kasungu

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A picture of pupils learning under a rock in Kasungu has been making rounds on social media.

In the picture, a teacher is teaching standard five students at Katope School in the district; the pupils are seated on their desks while a big rock provides them with shelter.

For many social media users, the picture is representing the problems students in schools across the country face.

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Malawi24 understands that the school does not have enough classrooms, a situation that forces the teachers to use a cave as a classroom.

A concerned parent from the area told Malawi24 that the problem at the school has been there for a decade. She said the issue has been reported several times to government officials but no action have been taken so far by authorities.

“I come from the area, the problem of classrooms and teachers have been here for ages. We tried several times to report it but nothing has been done. Though it looks funny but our kids are not safe learning under the rock,” she said

Katope School is in Traditional Authority Wimbe in Kasungu district under Livwezi Zone, Central East Education division. The school is close to Kasiya Trading Centre.

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  1. That is amazing I like it, it is better to use the opportunity that surrounds your .I’m proud of you guys , work hard to achieve your goals .

  2. Timavota ndizolinga zoti mmizimu tione kusitha ma mp please ndakwiya nanu tikakhugendani munsewumu osadabwa musamale boza lanu latikwana

  3. dont know mwina sinduona bwino koma i think the pic is photoshoped,,its not real…..just look at the pixel density of the pic itself,,,koma paja ndi a Malawi24 nde tidzingoona nawo

  4. iwe walemba nkhaniwe tatiuza kuti xool lmeneyi zina lake ndi chani nanga ndi mudzi wandani? mukapanda kulongosola bwino ndie kuti ndizaboza. kwa anzanga pa fb pano tisamangolemba timacoment toti tiziseka pano ayi zindikirani kuti amawerenga nkhanizi ndi ambiri paziko lonse. naweso olemba nkhani ndichifukwa chani umangolemba zoipa zokhazokha zadziko lako? ziwa kuti zmenezi zikhozanso kukolezera umphawi womwe ziko lathu ulinawo coz azathu akunja sangakhale ndi chidwi chozacheza kwathu kuno. yesetsani kumamixer nkhanizo

  5. this is shameful yet we have celebrated 51 years of independence still hearing and seeing this? let us join hands and save our country because if we will wait for the Government we are just wasting our time.

  6. hahaha Boma limene anachokela tsogoleri oyamba wa malawi,muulamuliro wa chipani cha MCP ana kumaphunzilabe pansi pa tanthwe zomvesa chison

  7. Sizachilendo Izi Ife Taphunzirapo Pa Mtengo Wat More Pansi Pa Mwala Pot Mvula Ikamabwela Osanyowanso Monga Zilili Pa Chithuzipa Vuto Lokulila Mofewa A Malaw 24 Ndichoncho Or Mutakumana Ndi Tsikidzi Mnyumba Mwanu Mulemba Coz Zachilendo Kwa Inu

  8. This is very embarrassing so disturbing. We need to do something chonde abale anzanga imwe..Now how do we define development. Now here is my idea. we need functional constructive decentralized system in Malawi.We need to strengthen the village development concept i.e. Villages under Group Village Chief coming together and formulate action plans across all sectors -education, water, health, communication etc. The plans must be documented and displayed at district council offices for action. Investment plans must be made functional district level including financial mobilisation plans. Up the ladder we need Area Development Plans – large projects which will required either the District Assembly or Member of Parliament to act!

  9. Mp ali kuti?tisamangodana ndi pulezident ai, iwe mp wa mcp tinene kuti zimenezo sukuona ukufuna akupangire ndani? Tcito kulongolora mpaliamenti basi za ziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iwe cakwera tinene kuti anao mmene akuvutikira sukuona? Ntcito kuceza ndi jessy kabwila basi

  10. Kkk Malawi ndi dziko la mtendere ,loopa mulungu, komanso ndi losiyana ndi maiko Ena Monga Uphawi losalila muzochitika zambiri. Koma poti limaoopa mulungu ndi Dziko losogola ku maiko wonse chifukwa limasunga chuma kwamulungu kuti lisakasowe pofikira .silitekeseka ndi moyo wawina komanso olo kusilira zimene dziko lina likupanga chifukwa mbeu u yomwe ili nayo ndi yosiyana ndi mbeu Dzina :1 siyocha nsanga 2 inayalidwa malo owuma -Koma Izacha ndikuchita chokomera emwe anaizala koma mosaikakamiza chifukwa ili pouma ndi madzi ndi odalila mvula basi ya sinzoni kkk + werengani mbiri Ya Yosefe amene anagulisidwa ndi abale ake kwa alendo + werenganiso chifundo chomwe anawaonetsera (fuso- kodi anamukonda pomugulisa–“+Nanga amawachitira chifundo chifukwa chan—+kodi mbeu yomwe analinayo inali Zokomera abale ake—+ kodi amagulisidwa atachita chilichonse kumudzi—- +Nanga chifukwa Chan— ) Malawi dziko loopa Yehova basi Emen kkk

  11. that’s what we call T.A.L.U.L.A.R(Teaching And Learning Using Locally Available Resources)waitha mphunzitsi improvisation at its best!

  12. Mmmm, poor all of us where is the teacher ? The teacher feels comfortambe teaching the pupils. What if the rock decides to copses. Poor teacher. Shame on you !

  13. galu iwe thats my picture i uploaded it on Facebook. thats in ghana.kodi bodza bwanji? incompetent writers

  14. no matter u r learning in good classroom or under the rock but what is needed is to work hard coz u will all write same examination paper

  15. To be more honest these problems can never be defeated, because birth rate is definitely higher than rate at which development is going ; take it or leave it, but trust me this is a fact…

  16. Kkkkkkk koma diwa limeneli litati lagwa lingakole ana angati?Do we Malawians still need aid from other nations?yet we have our own billionaires that failling to support the country but 2steal from the government.And we malawians we must stop critisising the government coz if there is someone stealing cement for some development in our areas we r the same people that we can need 2buy than to make him/her 2b arrested after all u say government is not delever u4get u r the one that making development not 2happen in ur area so wake please everybody must take responsibility to develop our motherland!

  17. mukasowa khani lembani zamnyumba mwanu, class yanji ya ana ochepa choncho, osangosilila kut katope xol ili n’ malo abwino for open air classes.

  18. Beutiful natural school. I have remembered my teachers, Messers Kasewentha, I walani, Bwezani, Lekaleka, Kayela, Sangalakula, Mndgungu, Gozalimo, Chilinde, Kayembe, Katondo, B.S.C. Mtama.. kkkkkkk good old days where memorised poems and ndakatulo. Keep it up. The rock is beautiful!

  19. Ayi koma nkhani ndiyakuti iwo paokha achitapo chani? Kodi zidina alinazo ndimchenga?? Kapena aluyembekeza boma lipange zonsezo?? Nde mpaka ziko lizatha akuphunzirabe pamwala. Komaso dzina lasukulu asinthe likhale chimwala

    • Komatu a chinyama wotukana peter in ths situation alibe nzeru. Kodi mwalawu wakhazitsidwa kukhala kalasi ndi Peter? Nkuchepa nzeru kwa makolo ozungulira xul yi kusatenga mbali pa chitukuko cha maphunziro a ana awo. A malawi let us stop the blame game on our President @ each & everything we c or do.

  20. I do believe that these pupils went there jst to vist de place as part of their lessons, not the actual place for learning as others highlighted, i hope wth this situation Govt could hv already done somethng tangible on de matter, malawians why are we fond of lies most of de tym??? malawi 24 tell pple de truth please we’re tired of ur false stories here.

  21. dziko laMalawi zili zatukuka mpaka kalekale chifukwa chakuti tsogoleri,MP ngakhale mkasala akangoti ali boma amathamangila alemere,kumangitsa manyumba odula ngakhale magalimoto odula koma aiwala kuti midzi mulibe msewu wabwino,kulibe mijigo koma anavoterawo kumamwa madzi azithaphwi ngakhale sukulu zosalongosoka makalasi mabowo okhaokha koma nthawi yawandikila yomavota kumabwera kumidzi kumanamiza anthu ndikazawina ndizapanga chakuti

  22. We, people are the most valuable resources for the government, no matter what your status is in the country, and government doesn’t exist without us people. Hence, looking up to government for everything its just as the same as looking up to ourselves..i.e..blaming ourselves. Peter Mutharika will not come into our villages and start moulding bricks for school block.

    #Mobilise yourselves there in Kasungu, and build the classroom block, and government will send you teachers.

  23. mwana wakwanu ndiye oyambilira kulumidwa, mp ngati akukula mtima kunyumba yamalamulo uganiza anthu amuthandize chifkwa choti ndi mfiti.

  24. If true,then this community is backward and full of laggards. It is time to rise and develop our own communities. That is not a condusive environment for effective teaching and learning. My fellow parents let us rise and be proactive in preparing the futures of these children.

  25. asakunamizeni ai mtola nkhani amene amalemba anali ataledzela kachaso paja mudziwa umoyo wakukasungu akungofuna kuti inu mukuwelenga muzisangalala ndikulemba ma comment kukusungu kulibe school yomwe ana amaphuzila kusi kwamwala kapena kuti ku phanga ndie nda fisitu.

  26. that is the government i of malawi i know, peter azakupaseso voti amalawi ukundimva? ngat siukumva ndiye naweso ndi manyaka, ana ukazangoyelekeza kumanga mablock sazakupasa voti

  27. Kuphunzilira kuphanga nkolakwika? Even the Ngwazi Ngwazi himself, had to learn under a Kachere tree! Taphunzilira mmatchalitchi ndi pansi pamitengo ife. Non of the 5 presidents has been there. Why all this fuss?

  28. enanu mukuti peter peter watani? ndimapresident angati alamula malawi b4 peter sankamanga bwanji xool? paja kukasungu kunali kwao kobera kwakamuzu 31yrs osamanga xool bwa? amanga xool kumeneko ndi chakwera ndi kabwira amaerekedwa amenewo

    • ur a waste of living thing! community must mould the bricks then ask the government to provide the rest. by the way where is the mp for that wad? did he take the problem to parliament or he just seat phwwii in the house?

    • Atsogoleri onse omwe alamula dzikoli bwanji sadamange zipinda zophunziriramo? Kungozolowera kuloza munthu zala basi. shupit!

    • First Parent Teachers Asociation{PTA} ward Councillor,Chiefs n’Member of Parliament mst report there prblms then gvmnt will take aside that we Call Mphamvu ku Wanthu,Kuphunzira pansi pa Mtengo kapena pa Mwala zinatha Nthawi ya A Samunda!

  29. What is the community doing? In other places, the communities are moulding bricks, and gather sand, then the government or other NGOs when approached, they provide Cement and building materials for the classroom.

    Where is the parents/teachers association, and what are they doing there? Wake up, times for 100% free community developments are over these days in African economy.

    These days communities have to start their own projects from scratch and look for funding from both public and private sector!!!!!

    • Sure #Lonjezo, we are the resources for the government, and government doesnt exist without people. Hence, looking up to government its just as the same as looking up to ourselves..i.e..blaming ourselves. Peter Mutharika will not come into our villages and start molding bricks for us.

    • PaKatope xool WVI kuyambira 1994-2000 idamangapo mablock okwanira 4 amakalasi awiri block iliyonse ndi nyumba 4 zabwino zomuyenera mphunzitsi,vuto ilo lidayamba posachedwapa mudecember mphepo idasasula madenga a block imodzi, anyumba za aphunzitsi ziwiri, ofesi ya HT, staffroom ndi storeroom, zimbudzi ziliponso amalawi24.com,asinjirira koma amene ankayang’anira project yo adasolola katundu wambiri panopa mablock a std 1&2,3&4 amasasuka mosinthana sipapita zaka 5 zsanachitke.

  30. Admin tell the truth perhaps they went there to see that stone as ahistoric site..dont lie which part of Kasungu is that and what’s the name of that school and the level of class to be specific?..

    • Apart 4rm that the concern man is asking about the spacific area. maybe pple nid to assist.Jst Kasungu! Admin shud tell us where exactly? If Nt the picture is edited. I agree with Tchuwa. Which part of Kasungu pupils r learning in avery dangerous class? Cn parent allow to hve their children to go under that Diwa like Mbewa?

    • i guess we’re seeing different photoz #SymonKaunda where is the board & desks there? maybe idont know what they are…then its only here in Malawi where arock cannot be ahistoric thing #LonjezoBande..but even here in Malawi ihave seen on Tv showing arock where Rev. John Chilembwe used to sit when writing his scriptures..

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