Government has expressed concern over the overcrowding of pupils in classes in some schools in Eastern Province.
Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education Deputy Minister David Mabumba said it was sad that one classroom was accommodating more than hundred pupils.
Mr. Mabumba was speaking in Chipata today after visiting some selected schools in the Eastern Province.
He noted that the current scenario cannot be allowed to continue as it may compromise the standard of education been provided in the area as teachers will find it difficult to give individual attention to pupils in classrooms.
Mr. Mabumba however explained that the Patriotic Front (PF) government is determined to address the problem of overcrowding by constructing additional classrooms and building new schools across the country to enhance access to education.
He further explained that government is also working towards equipping schools with educational materials in order to improve education standards in the country.
He also encouraged pupils not to be discouraged by the situation but to be disciplined and self motivated.
Mr. Mabumba further encouraged education officers in the province to work hard despite having little resources in order to improve the education sector in the province.
The Deputy Minister is in Eastern Province to tour schools in order to familiarize himself with challenges that most schools in Eastern Province are faced with.
He has so far visited schools in Nyimba, Petuake, Lundazi, Chipata and Katete.