Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has warned that it will close Mdikira Junior Primary School in Machinga for operating in a mosque.
Machinga district education manager Sarah Khozi sounded the warning following the community’s failure to identify a neutral place for a school.
“If the community fails to identify a better place, my office will have no option but to close the school as this is not what we agreed with them,” said Khozi.
Mdikira Junior Primary School is situated in group village head Nkula about 10 kilometres (km) from Chimkwezule Primary School and another 10km from a primary school at Chingale Turn-off.
Nkula area development committee secretary Hanna Michi said this was done as a temporary measure to provide education to early grade learners as the community was preparing to construct structures at a new place.
The school’s head teacher George Mpendama said the school was operating with four teachers against over 200 children.
He said the proposed site for the school is about 500 metres from the present borrowed premises.
“A borrowed premise will remain a borrowed premise,” Mpendama said while expressing hope that the community will speed up the process of constructing the new structures at the newly identified place.
2017 has seen the birth of Mdikira, Misolo, Makumba and Mkwakwawila junior primary schools in Machinga.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :