Mzuzu primary schools hit by book shortages

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Teachers in Mzuzu city  have expressed concern over the shortage of books in primary schools in the city.

This was revealed at Zolozolo Primary School in the district during a text books availability tracking exercise which was conducted by Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC).

Speaking during the event, the school’s head teacher Rebecca Chirwa said the institution only has few books.

Malawi schools

Struck by book shortages. (Library)

She cited Standard 5 class at the school which has eight books against 323 learners.

Chirwa added that the problem puts the learners at a disadvantage when it comes to learning English.

According Chirwa, most subjects need learners to have access to books.

“We are forced to write a passage on the board because we only have eight books,” she said adding that the problem is affecting learners.

CSEC project officer for Mzuzu Dave Nkhoma explained that the programme is a component of the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Programme which aims at promoting accountability in the education sector.

He however said the project also checks the teacher’s absenteeism, textbooks use and care in primary school.
According to Nkhoma, the organisation wants to ensure that residents surrounding schools are involved in the affairs education institutions.

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