Lilongwe City Council bemoans congestion in city schools

Lilongwe City Council has bemoaned congestion in the city schools which needs to be addressed.

Chief Executive Officer of Lilongwe City Council Moza Zeleza: Congestion in schools

The Chief Executive Officer for the Council, Moza Zeleza noted this Friday during the Council’s stakeholder’s engagement and networking cocktail at Crossroads hotel in Lilongwe.

He said the council is managing 57 public primary schools with a student’s population of 150,000.

Zeleza said the current teacher-pupil ratio is 1: 85 whilst the ideal one is 1:60 and the pupil to desk ratio is 18:1 while the ideal one is 2:1.

“We need to build school blocks for these pupils but it takes money and time. In the interim we wish to put up learning shelters that will enable the pupils learn under shade,” the CEO disclosed.

He explained that those constructed under community initiatives cost approximately K 4 million and caters for 60 pupils.

Zeleza said desks are also imperative particularly for writing of national examinations for standard 8 pupils and a good quality desk costs around K20, 000.

“Please support us to help these pupils learn in a conducive environment. They are the future of this country,” he appealed.

Mayor for Lilongwe City Councillor, Dr Desmond Bikoko said the council needs more investment avenues in the education sector in order to overcome some of the challenges it is facing.

He said the current situation requires financial and material support to eradicate some of the issues being highlighted.

“It is my wish to make sure that the city transforms itself for the better. We can only do that if more stakeholders are engaged and involved at all levels. Hold me accountable on this and keen to ensure the city is face lifted during my term,” Bikoko suggested.

However Ministry of education officials were not available to comment on the issues highlighted during the meet.

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5 years ago

TOO MUCH CORRUPTION IN THE LILONGWE CITY ADMINISTRATION This other day I met a friend of mine who stays in Area 47 Sector 4 next to Mkwichi Secondary School and he complained about a structure about to be built over a river as a grocery. The owner of the structure is a vendor who initially operated a container. When he asked the vendor why, the vendor proudly said that “he has already bribed senior Lilongwe City officials. My friend complained bitterly saying ”just imagine, we had an emergency situation recently when due water overflows yet this vendor is construction on… Read more »

5 years ago

A Zeleza , unfortunately this name in other tongues mean something else. Mwinadi mbu Zeleza of talking this, talking that etc……. at the end of the day , Nothing really happens. It is the game of talking to show that mulipo. Bwana , just go behind your officie. Civic Building, Kuseli kwanuko, muwone tchile limene lili kuseliko. You leave this grass congestion behind you and you want to talk class congestion???? Kaya!!! The problem you may be caught up with is the politics that brought you pa mpando wononawo. We understand you very loud and clear, but are your masters… Read more »

5 years ago

Having known Moza Zeleza, he is an incompetent dweeb – wonder how our system keeps these people in positions of authority.

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