Rumphi district commissioner (DC) Fred Movete has decried the dwindling education standards, citing the recent Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations results in which the district performed poorly.
Speaking on Friday after officially receiving a community day secondary school constructed by Shepherd Bushiri Foundation (SBF), Movete said historically, Rumphi has been a star performer in education which is no longer the case these days.
“It has been a star performer essentially because of the influence of the missionaries through Livingstonia Synod. Traditional leaders such as Themba la Mathemba Chikulamayembe also supported education by mobilising his subjects to go to school,” he said.
Movete said the council has since put in place a series of interventions to ensure Rumphi reclaims its glory.
Northern Region Education Division manager Mzondi Moyo said the district has performed poorly in PSLCE examinations, dropping from position one in the past years to position 32 out of 34 districts.
“It’s sad. We want to sit down and strategise on how we can return to our glorious days when the district used to be on position one,” he said.
Speaking about the donation, SBF chief executive officer Duncan Zgambo said the foundation seeks to construct more schools across the country.