Mzuzu Government Secondary School special needs learners are going through a tough time in their studies as the school does not have books and equipment for special needs education.
The school has 13 learners who learn in an improvised and poorly equipped resource centre.
Speaking in an interview on Tuesday when Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka visited the institution, one of the special needs pupils, Watson Moyo, who is rated highly by the teachers as a bright learner, said it is difficult to catch up with other learners in the absence of equipment and books for the new curriculum.
“We are facing a number of problems but the most challenging is the lack of books. We do not have books for the new curriculum. Lack of books is heavily affecting our studies,” he said.
The school’s special needs teacher Logen Kumwenda said despite the problems facing the students, they are not giving up.
Meanwhile, Msaka assured the school that government will provide the necessary equipment to enable learners pursue their education.
He said government will not allow special needs education learners to be left behind in the campaign to promote quality education.
The minister said every child deserves quality education.