Mzimba South district education manager (DEM) Fanwell Chiwowa has accused teachers in the district of spending weeks in towns accessing salaries at the expense of learners.
He was speaking on Friday during the graduation ceremony for 64 female teachers at Dapp Teachers Training College (TTC) in Mzimba.
“It is worrisome to note that Mzimba South has performed badly in the previous Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education Examinations and we are on number 33 out of 34 educational districts. Among other factors is the negligence of teachers in schools,” Chiwowa said.
Senior inspector of schools and colleges in the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Jane Mhone, said government appreciates efforts from private teachers colleges to train more female teachers to uplift education standards in the country.
Mhone said the graduating students will help reduce the teacher to learner ratio in the communities, which has risen from 1:60 to 1:200.n