Teachers at Zolozolo Full Primary School in Mzuzu are finding it difficult to teach English in Standard Five because the school has only eight textbooks against 323 learners in the class.
Speaking during the text book availability tracking exercise Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) was conducting at the school on Tuesday, the school’s head teacher Rebecca Chirwa said the shortage puts the learners at a disadvantage when it comes to learning English.
She said the subject demands learners to have access to books.
“We are forced to write a passage on the board because we only have eight books against 323 learners in Standard Five. This is a serious problem, affecting the learning process,” said Chirwa.
Csec project officer for Mzuzu, Dave Nkhoma, said the tracking exercise in schools is a component of the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability Programme which enhances accountability in the education sector.
He said the project also checks teachers’ absenteeism, textbooks use and care in primary schools.
“The programme strives to ensure that communities have full responsibility to check the affairs of their schools. We have, therefore, empowered community stakeholders to be fully involved in the exercise,” he said.
So far, Nkhoma said an ICT database for those trained has been established.