Senior Chief Mabulabo of Mzimba has bemoaned the dwindling standards of education in the district.
Speaking on Saturday when Banaba Mzikubola Trust handed over teachers’ houses and planted trees at Ehehleni Primary School in the district, the chief said schools from Mzimba South rank bottom in terms of performance in national examinations.
“The learners, their parents and traditional leaders do not put much effort in education,” he said.
The chief said learners abscond classes to sell mushrooms and fruits along the M1.
The chief also asked government to intervene in the plunder of Chimaliro and Perekezi forests.
But the school’s head teacher Fletcher Mwale said they were working hard to help learners get quality education.
“This year, out of 42 candidates who sat for the 2020 Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education examinations, 37 passed and 32 were selected to community day secondary schools,” he said.
Mzikubola Trust chairperson Mischeck Chisi said they renovated teachers’ houses to improve education standards in the area.
“We are still mobilising resources to construct more houses to motivate teachers,” he said.
The trust was formed to improve education, forestry, agriculture and health, among other sectors, in the area.