Govt. calls for trained community school teachers
Senanga, March 20th, 2013, ZANIS — Senanga District Commissioner Yumei Mihupulo has called for trained community school teachers as a way of improving education Standards.
And Western Province Education Officer (PEO) Muyangwa Kamutumwa, implored teachers to clamp down on pupils cheating during examinations.
The call has been made to STEP-UP Zambia, a USAID funded project working with the Ministry of Education to help improve pupil performance in schools which has been facilitated by STEP-UP Zambia.
Mr Mihupulo said this when he officiated at the Senanga District Strategic Learner Improvement Planning Workshop for Ministry of education staff in Senanga.
He said Senanga district currently has 44 community schools with a population of 12, 848 pupils who are being attended to by untrained teachers.
Mr Mihupulo said it is difficult to improve learner performance when teachers are not trained to effectively instill knowledge to pupils.
The district commissioner said cooperating partners such as STEP-UP Zambia should extend their assistance to training of community school teachers.
He said although the PFs manifesto is to take over the running of community schools, the process is a gradual one which necessitates his request to STEP-UP Zambia to venture into improvement of community school teacher qualifications.
And speaking at the same occasion, Western Province Education Officer (PEO) Muyangwa Kamutumwa, implored teachers to clamp down on pupils cheating during examinations.
Mr Kamutumwa said teachers should pride themselves in preparing pupils well for examinations.
He said there has been a growing trend of pupils wanting to cheat during exams, an indication that teachers did not play their role to their learners.
The PEO also asked Education Standards Officers in the Districts to intensify monitoring activities so the education standards do not plummet in the province.
He thanked STEP-UP Zambia for partnering with government to address the falling standards of education.