Different stakeholders in Chiradzulu recently met at Chiradzulu Secondary School to review the districtâ€™s education plan.
According to the plan, Chiradzulu district education manager Charles Sakwata said they are expected to build 60 houses for teachers.
â€œOur district education plan shows that we are supposed to build 60 houses for teachers. So far, 37 have already been constructed and five are under construction,â€ said Sakwata.
He said the aim of the meetingâ€”attended by school management committees, traditional leaders, parents-teachers associations (PTAs) and Member of Parliament for Chiradzulu Central Philomena Kasangweâ€”was to sell the plan to different players in the district and solicit their support.
â€œWe want people to appreciate what we have so far done and challenges being encountered so that together we can find ways of dealing with the problems,â€ he said.
Sakwata said most teachers walk long distances to their duty stations which disrupts classes, especially during the rainy season.
â€œSome fail to report for duty as they cross rivers which get flooded when it rains,â€ he said.
Sakwata also said lack of school blocks and a big teacher-pupil ratio are some of the teething problems in the district.
â€œIf there are 100 pupils in my class, how can I give special attention to each one of them?â€ asked Sakwata.
During the review meeting, stakeholders visited Mbombwe Junior Primary School to appreciate challenges it faces.
They saw that while some pupils learn in a church building belonging to Mbombwe CCAP, others take classes under trees.
The teachersâ€™ housing construction project is being funded by the Local Development Fund.