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Monday, 30 April 2018 11:31

Teachers warned against absconding duty

Written by  Zenak Matekenya

Mzimba, April 30, 2018: District Education Manager for Mzimba South, Funwel Chiwowa has bemoaned rampant abscondment of classes by teachers as a challenge that has rocked the education sector in the district.

Chiwowa registered the complaint at a graduation ceremony of 109 primary school teachers at Mzimba Dapp Teachers Training College.

He said he was aware that some teachers were going for upgrading studies without his knowledge.

Chiwowa explained that the development is affecting learners in the district, which is currently rated as the poorest in Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations.

“It is very important to upgrade but proper procedures needed to be followed. When government employs a teacher, he or she is required to work for four years before going for further studies,” he said.

Chiwowa then asked headmasters not to hide teachers that are not reporting for duties as their actions are punishing innocent learners.

“When a teacher fails to report for work in five consecutive days without any valid reason, my office needs to know for a replacement to take place,” he said.

Chiwowa commended DAPP for supporting government efforts in promoting education through teachers training.

He urged the graduates to work anywhere their duties are needed saying pupils in rural areas also need education.

The college’s dean of education, Joel Nyirenda urged students to work in private schools while awaiting government deployment and remain abreast with education policies for them to remain relevant in the industry.

A representative of the graduates, Thandiwe Banda, expressed satisfaction at the knowledge and skills obtained in the three years of their study at the college.

She assured the people who graced the occasion that the issue of shunning rural areas was nonexistent among teachers produced at Dapp Teachers Training Colleges.

“As part of our training, we are made to spend some time in very remote areas. We eventually get acclimatized and love the rural setting.

“Even if they say I should go to rural area now, I’m ready to go,” she said in an interview.

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