18 November 2016 Last updated at: 9:15 AM

Absenteeism of teachers worries education officials

Education authorities in Mzimba district have expressed worry over absenteeism of teachers saying the misconduct has contributed to poor results in this year’s Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) exams.

It is said that Mzimba South has performed badly in the recent PSCLE exams in Malawi and is positioned at number 33 out of 34 educational districts with 62.5 percent.

Malawi Primary school

Schools hit by alarming absenteeism (File)

Speaking to the media during graduation ceremony for 64 Female Teachers at DAPP Teachers Training College in Mzimba, District Education Manager for Mzimba South Fanwell Chiwowa said teachers’ negligence is compromising quality of education in the district.

Chiwowa blamed teachers in the district for spending weeks in towns accessing salaries while the learners in their schools are left in the cold. He added that mobile market is also a challenge in the area as teachers leave classes and go for shopping.

“It has been noted as a tendency, when teachers have gone to access their salaries in towns and at the Boma, they spend weeks leaving their classes with no one. This tendency is affecting the quality of education in the district,” he said.

Chiwowa further urged the graduating teachers to be exemplary in their work and be ready to work in rural communities where life is not all that simple.

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