Mzimba district commissioner (DC)Thomas Chirwa has warned primary school teachers who do not report for duties in the district.
The DC said he was concerned with reports that some teachers do not report for duties, a development that contributed to poor performance in this year’s Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examination.
“When teachers are deployed in primary schools, we expect them to report for duties and work hard.
“Unfortunately, I receive reports that some teachers are not at their work places. They only report for work once and run away without our knowledge,” he said.
Chirwa said he would conduct a head count in all schools to establish teachers’ availability.
In a separate interview, Mzimba South district education manager (DEM) Funwell Chiowa admitted that his office is aware of reports that some teachers are absconding their duties.
“We have already started the process of meeting primary education advisers (PEAs) on how best we can bring such teachers to book.
“We want PSLCE results to improve in the district and this can happen only when teachers are available to assist the learners,” he said. Records at the DEM’s office show that Mzimba South for the past six years has been sitting in the bottom five out of the 35 education districts in the country in PSLCE results.