Teachers abandon Ncheka School due to poor state of houses

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Teachers at Ncheka Basic School in Mambwe district in Eastern Province are abandoning the institution because of the dilapidated state of houses.


The decision for teachers to leave the school has caused the teacher-pupil ratio to widen further.


School Head Teacher Rueben Mwale said seven teachers have since left the school to work at other institutions that offer better accommodation.


Mr. Mwale said the situation has impacted negatively on the learning environment at his school.


This came to light when Works, Supply, Transport and Communications Deputy Minister Panji Kaunda held several meetings to explain to the people government’s move to scrap off fuel and maize subsidies.


Mr. Mwale has since appealed to government to quickly address the situation before the school loses even the remaining teachers.


And Mambwe District Administrative Officer Blaston Thole said plans were underway for the construction of new teachers’ houses at the school in order to retain teachers and also attract more staff to work at the institution.


Mr. Thole said the pupils’ learning process has been seriously affected by the running away of teachers from the school.


He added that government was working hard to ensure that the situation is addressed.