19 August 2019
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Monday, 05 August 2019 15:05

Machinga educational zones increased

Written by  Patrick Ndawala

Machinga, August 5, 2019: Machinga Education Office has increased number of educational zones from 12 to 16 as one way of improving education standards in the district.

Machinga District Education Manager (DEM), Yobu Makina said the decision has come about after observing that most Primary Education Advisors (PEA) were failing to provide necessary advice to schools as they had a lot of schools to look after.

He added that recently key education stakeholders went to Phalombe to learn how the district managed to scoop first position on the list of best performing districts in the country.

“Phalombe was the best out of the 34 education districts in the country. We were at number 25 and we learnt that PEAs in Phalombe don’t have a lot of schools to look after,” Makina said.

He cited an example of the recently ranking which has seen Machinga slightly improving to position 24 from 25.

Makina said the increase would not affect the district education budget saying money allocated to run 12 zones would be divided equally to serve the 16 zones.

Machinga District Council through 2017-2022 District Development Plan has prioritized education as one of the developmental issues it intends to address.

The plan, among others, aims at reducing illiteracy rate from 40.3 per cent to 30 per cent by 2022.

Before the demarcation the district had 12 Educational Zones namely Chikweo, Machinga Boma, Mlomba, Mpombe, Namandanje, Namasika, Nampeya, Ngokwe, Nsanama, Puteya, St Thereza and Ntaja.

And the newly created educational zones are Kasaulo and Kawinga in Traditional Authority (TA) Sitola and TA Kawinga in the district.

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