Nsanje District Education Manager-DEM Hendrix Likeke is worried that education standards may continue dwindling in the district, as it is taking long for the education sector to recover from the January floods.
According to Likeke, many structures destroyed by the floods are yet to be rebuilt and replaced. They include school brocks, toilets, boreholes, and teachers’ houses.
“Unless these teaching and learning materials are provided to the affected schools, education standards in the district will continue to diminish,” he warned.
Likeke also noted that the floods may have an effect on this year’s Malawi National Examination Board-MANEB exam pass rate.
He attributed this to the psychological damage the floods caused to both teachers and students.
However, Likeke said his office made sure that students stayed in school and teachers concluded the syllabi ahead of national examinations.
Meanwhile, Likeke has appealed to various stakeholders to assist in replacing lost or damaged teaching and learning materials and infrastructure like school blocks and teacher’s houses.
The January floods that hit the country affected about 33 schools in Nsanje, 32 of which are primary schools and one community day secondary, an estimate of over 37 thousand pupils and 89 teachers were affected.