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Shortage of desks force leaners to drop out of school in Karonga

Written by  Leonard Masauli

Karonga, May 15, 2018: Acute shortage of desks at Mayiwiyiwi Community Day Secondary School in Karonga has forced some students to drop out of school after they were fed up of sitting on the floor.

This was revealed recently when Karonga District Council handed over a classroom block to Mayiwiyiwi Community Day Secondary School constructed to the tune of K10.6 million with District Development Fund (DDF)

The head teacher of the school, Noel Shela, commended Karonga District Council for the classroom block but expressed concern over lack of desks, a development which he said forces some learners to drop out of school.

 “We have over 150 learners with a few desks. A lot of students sit on the floor and for the past two months we have registered over 10 cases of learners dropping out of school due to inadequate seats.

“This school was opened in 2000, and from then, we have had only one classroom block and some students learning under tree shades. We are happy for the new classroom block and we thank government for that,” said Shela.

Shela further asked the local council to construct a girls’ hostel at the school, saying students cover long distances to and from the school and that such a development affects the already disadvantaged female learners.

In his remarks, Chairperson for Karonga District Council, Harry Mwanyembe, said funding towards the construction of the classroom block did not include the provision of desks.

“We overlooked the issue of desks, hence it was not included in the budget but we have taken note of that and we intend to include such a provision in the next funding towards such projects,” said Mwanyembe.

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