School reduces learning hours to house more pupils

MANAGEMENT at Evergreen Primary School of Kanakantapa resettlement scheme in Chongwe has reduced learning hours for some classes to accommodate the increased number of pupils.
School headteacher Aswell Phiri said the increased demand for school places by the community has prompted management to reduce the learning hours from four to three to accommodate all the pupils.
This came to light when Deputy Minister in the office of the Vice President Stephen Kampyongo visited the school on Wednesday.
Mr Phiri said the school, which is one of the two institutions in the area, has been strained because of inadequate infrastructure and staff.
“Our school is going through a lot of challenges. Members of staff and pupils are operating and performing in difficult situations because of insufficient and deplorable structures at the school,” Mr Phiri said.
He said the school has 16 members of staff against 1,010 pupils who are divided into 19 classes.
Mr Phiri said the number of pupils is too big to be accommodated in seven classrooms.
He said the school is in dire need of two more classroom blocks to lessen the infrastructure problems.
Mr Kampyongo assured the school administration that Government will come to their aid.
“It is Government’s desire to work in partnership with communities in improving the education sector in the country. We will surely do something about this problem,” he said.

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