District Community Development Officer for Lilongwe, Annie Kamwendo has bemoaned the low patronage of adult literacy classes in the district.
Speaking during the commemoration of the district’s Adult Literacy Day at Chikanga School in the area of Chief Chadza Wednesday, Kamwendo said it is discouraging to note that most people who do not know how to read and write do not attend Adult Literacy classes despite the high illiteracy levels in the district.
“Lilongwe as a district has a 40 percent illiteracy rate while the national illiteracy rate is 36 percent, as a district we have tried to establish as many adult literacy schools as possible but people are not interested to attend them,” said Kamwendo.
She said the district has a total of 594 adult literacy schools and has just established 24 new ones in Traditional Authorities Njewa and Kalumbu which are offering lessons in English.
She attributed the low patronage to a number of factors, among them lack of interest among the people themselves and shortage of adult literacy facilitators.
“Adult Literacy facilitators lack motivation as they get a very small amount of money as their honoraria which is currently at K1,000 per month, this is obviously not enough and it has resulted in us losing most of the facilitators otherwise we would like to have adult literacy schools almost in every village,” said Kamwendo.
Ester Ganasio from Nyamazani Village in TA Chadza who received a certificate on the day said she is now happy that she is able to read and write after attending classes in her area.
National Literacy Day is commemorated every year on September 8.