Parents from various floods affected districts are pushing the ministry of education to consider shifting the national examinations calendar for secondary and primary schools.
Students in Malawi schools are expected to start sitting for national examinations in four months’ time a development which both parents and learners say it’s too near as most of the students in flooded districts are yet to start attending classes.
“Many of the classes here are flooded with displaced people. Although some of them are sleeping in tents classes are yet to resume normally because of inconveniences caused”, said Saidi Likhava a resident of Nchenga area in Chikwawa where over 600 people are camping around the primary school campus.
He said for example the classes are almost littered everyday as children find them nice places to play at night. Some even defecate in classes
Likhava said as a parent he is now worried about the future of his child who is expected to sit for Primary Schools Leaving Certificate of Education following the interruption of learning since the arrival of the victims early January.
District Commissioner for Chikwawa, Alex Mdooko admitted that many children in some areas are not reporting for classes saying in some instances no one is available to teach the children because some of the affected people are the teachers themselves.
“This is indeed the problem because some of the children cant to schools as their nice clothes was washed away by floods” he said.
He said efforts are being made to ask the government to consider shifting the examinations dates.
Floods hit 15 districts early this year forcing Malawi president Peter Mutharika declare them disaster areas and appealed for urgent local and international aid.
Statistics indicate that around 234 schools have been damaged and 181 are being used as relocation sites for displaced people, who have lost their homes in the floods this means that a total of 415 schools affected.
An estimated 200,000 students are not able to attend school due to their schools being flooded or occupied by those who require temporary shelters.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :