Mzuzu district education officer Amon Chavula says teachers in the city are working tirelessly to scoop the first position in the just ended Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations.
Mzuzu has been the best performing district in the Northern Region for almost a decade.
Speaking at an educational rally on Friday, Chavula said: “Much as we were the fourth best education district nationwide in last academic year’s PSLCE examinations, we are convinced that we can do better and become the first, just as we did previously.”
He commended teachers for working tirelessly regardless of shortage of classrooms and learning and teaching materials.
Northern Region Education Division manager Temwa Msiska hailed the National Reading Programme (NRP) for improving learners’ performance and easing most challenges the division was facing.
“One of the challenges that contributed to the division’s drop in performance is that most pupils did not know how to read and write well. Since the inception of the programme, we have noted that there is improvement. Now, children can read, write and express themselves as early as Standard One,” she said.
The open day focused on the key role of quality education in the country’s socio-economic development.
Pupils from different zones in the division displayed the skills they learn in their schools.
The best students and teachers as well as most hygienic schools in the educational zones received assorted gifts. n