1 April 2014

Malawi: Ntchisi Emerges Best District Having High Quality Education Standards

Lilongwe — Ntchisi council is one of the districts that have the highest quality of classroom blocks under the Education Sector Wide Approach Programme (ESWAP) funded by the Local Development Fund (LDF)in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

Environmental District Officer for Ntchisi District Council, Davis Chogawana, disclosed this in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana).

Chogawana said the council had managed to construct seven classroom blocks and five teachers' houses through the LDF in the period of 2012/2013.

He said besides the classroom blocks and the teachers' houses, the council had also procured 60 desks for each classroom block in all the schools.

"In all the teacher houses the solar installation was done under the same project of ESWAP and this eases teachers' work as they are able to plan their lessons right at home," said Chogawana.

The structures have been erected in remote areas and with the installation of solar electricity teachers who shun remote areas are now attracted to work there.

Some of the primary schools that have benefitted from the LDF are Kafantandala, Kalira 2, Mphaza, Msinda, Magawa and Chibweya.

Lingson Wakutchire, Head Teacher at Kafantandala Primary School said with a new electrified house, he no longer had problems as it used to be before.

"I am living comfortably with my family just like those staying in town," explained Wakutchire, adding, "We are able to television just like they do in town."

Chriford Sinoya of Mphaza primary school in Traditional Authority Kalumo said enrolment at the school had gone up from 542 to 674 learners with the new classroom block.

"Before the construction of this block, some learners especially from the lower classes were learning under trees but now they are all using classrooms except standard 3 and 4 who are using the Anglican Church nearby," said Sinoya.

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