A former Grade Seven pupil is reported to have been recruited as a teacher at Meza community school in Mazabuka where he is teaching 325 pupils, some as old as 20 years old but in grade three.
Mazabuka District Education Board Secretary, Darius Kaluba who visited the remote school situated in the hilly areas of Chief Hanjalika expressed shock at finding men with beards still in grade three.
He said under normal circumstances, most of the pupils at the school should have been either at secondary school or college.
Mr. Kaluba said the remoteness of the location of the school has contributed to the failure by the community to woo trained teachers.
He said the area has no roads and accommodation for teachers.
He said villagers had to break some shrubs to create a road for his Land Cruiser to pass.
” This grade seven teacher just went to the area to visit and felt obliged to teach the boys and girls since illiteracy levels had increased due to lack of a school. We commend the community for their interest in educating their children but as a government department responsible for running schools, we will ensure trained teachers are sent and new infrastructure built to uplift educational standards,” he said.
Mr. Kaluba told ZANIS in Mazabuka today, that it took him and his officers four hours to cover a distance of 25 kilometres from Namaila area to reach Meza community school.
He said his office will come to the rescue of the community by upgrading the school and ensuring that government takes over its operations.
He said trained teachers will be posted to the school to improve the learning standards.
Meanwhile, Government has posted 91 teachers to Mazabuka District in its bid to address the shortage of teachers in most basic schools.
Mr. Kaluba said the teacher ratio of 1 to 74 pupils is expected to improve following the posting of new teachers.
He said schools such as Meza would be considered once new infrastructure and other school requirements are put in place.