Mulanje district education manager (DEM) Gossam Mafuta has commended government for introducing the National Reading Programme (NRP), saying it will enhance the learning process and curb some challenges the sector is facing.
Speaking when he opened a three-day NRP training of trainers at Luchenza in Thyolo on Monday, Mafuta said ensuring that learners acquire reading skills in junior primary school is paramount as they develop interest in education at a tender age.
“Here in Mulanje District, the education sector has many challenges, one of which is high dropout rate in senior primary due to lack of interest in education.
“With the coming in of NRP, we are optimistic that the dropout rate will reduce,” said the DEM.
Mafuta said successful implementation of NRP in the district is critical and there is need for concerted efforts to achieve the desired objective.
“Parents must play their role in ensuring that their children work hard at school. Traditional leaders must also take part in this exercise,” he said.
In his remarks, Mulanje district director of planning and development Emmanuel Bulukutu said NRP will help foster the country’s development as it will help develop productive citizens.