No classes at Kapeni school since May 20 polls

Pupils at Kapeni Demonstration in Blantyre have not been attending classes since May 20 polls after learning and teaching materials were torched during the elections violence.

“Pupils have not been learning because all teaching and learning materials the school were burnt on elections days. We don’t know where to start from since there is literally nothing to use for teaching,” said Jonhson Chapita one of the teachers.

He disclosed teachers keep learners progress reports, lesson plans, chalk boards, books among others in the staff room for easy access.

“I am very affected with this development not only because I am a teacher but as a parent as well. My children also learn here,” said another teacher, Lawrence Bhai

He noted that this would affect the children’s education being the third term the school is about to close the school calendar year.

“If materials would come in today we would resume teaching immediately,” Bhai said.

Director of Basic Education in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Joseph Chimombo said the problem was compounded by the community’s hostility towards the school.

“We are going to meet the community so that all should be put in place as we await the arrival of school materials to be supplied,” Chimombo said.

He said the ministry through Districts Education Manager’s (DEM) office was trying to ensure that the school resumes classes as education supplies unit have agreed to supply the school with teaching and learning materials very soon.

During the May 20 Elections, Kapeni, Nkolokoti, Makata, Chitsime, Namiyango primary schools in Blantyre were among the school victim to irate voters who destroyed staffrooms among office.

At Nkolokoti 7040 pupils were requested to pay K1000 each to contribute towards the renovations of the damaged buildings.

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