Goliati Primary School in Thyolo is in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect learners and teachers from Covid-19.
Speaking on Monday at the school when former BIC Chichiri Private students donated PPE, the school’s acting head teacher Mathews Ganiza said the pandemic has affected villages financially; hence, their inability to provide PPE to their children.
“We turn away most learners for not wearing face masks, but it is a painful decision to make because some parents cannot afford face masks,” he said.
Ganiza also said they decongest classes, resulting in many pupils learning outside.
He said: “We have about 2 500 pupils. So, we have created 28 streams.
“We appeal to well-wishers to help us with movable boards.”
BIC Chichiri Private board chairperson the Reverend Isaac Mazaza Jere said they wanted to complement government’s efforts in preventing the spread of Covid-19.
“We chose Goliati Primary School because Father Pius Chilimba of the Catholic Church learned at the institution,” he said.
Chingadzi Parish priest Father Damazio Ngoma reiterated the importance of assisting schools in time of Covid-19.
The items included face masks, buckets, basins, soap and hand sanitiser worth K1 million.