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Teachers’s absenteeism worries chief

Chief Ngabwe

KALUNGA MUSONDA, Kabwe
CHIEF Ngabwe of the Lima people in Ngabwe has called on Government to ensure teachers deployed to work in the district report in their various schools.
The chief has lamented that out of 37 teachers in the district, only seven have reported for work, and these cannot adequately carter for the large number of pupils in schools.
Chief Ngabwe said this on Saturday when Central Province permanent secretary Daisy Ng’ambi paid a courtesy call on him at his palace.
“The pass rate is low in our district because we are lacking teachers, and it is very hard for children here to get the good education they need,” he said.
However, Chief Ngabwe said he is aware that accommodation for teachers working in the district is a challenge, but he prodded the tutors to consider the educational needs of the children.
He said some teachers who have been posted to work in Ngabwe are getting their rural hardship allowances, but unfortunately have not reported for work.
“If a teacher is sent to work in a certain area, he/she should be willing to do so. We need to educate our children, and without a teacher, our children cannot be educated,” Chief Ngabwe lamented.
Mrs Ng’ambi said Government is aware of the challenges that the district is facing and will ensure that it addresses them to bring services closer to the people.
She warned the teachers who have not reported for work to do so or risk being fired.
“Many people want employment and are willing to work in various areas where they may be deployed. If people are not willing to deliver services according to Government’s policy, there is no need to keep them,” Mrs Ng’ambi said.
She said the concerned children need education and teachers should be willing to deliver the service.



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