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Rural teachers get power

GOVERNMENT, in partnership with Rural Electrification Authority (REA), has embarked on electrifying schools and teachers’ houses countrywide as part of its teacher retention programme in rural areas.
Responding to a concern raised by Chongwe member of Parliament (MP) Sylvia Masebo as to whether Government is aware that teachers leave rural schools in preference for urban ones due to lack of power, Minister of General Education John Phiri said Government is aware of the challenges teachers in rural areas go through due to lack of power.
Dr Phiri said the need for power in rural schools is huge and Government, in partnership with REA, will work tirelessly to cushion the problem.
“We are aware of the problem. Once the challenge of power is dealt with, then the transfers among teachers will reduce,” he said.