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.

ZANIS

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27 COMMENTS

  1. get shocked!!!!!!!!!! ba punzila wee. So what happens to the grade seven teacher? pay him, is done a recommendable job. I cant be Surprised coz have been to one remote area where people cry when the see a vehicle or run away.

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  2. This is a joke of the day…Is he a grade seven teacher or a grade three teacher? Is grade seven, the highest education he has attained? Why did he opt to teach grade three, why not grade one? This story does not tie up..

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  3. Joke, Tragedy? People know that is how education evolved in N.Rhodesia now Zambia. My own grand mother became a teacher after completing Standard 1 (equiv. to grd 3). Then after some time, then grade 6s etc. until now when we have diploma holders

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  4. you minister chap, donate some of your hefty salary to the the teacher and to build a house and school for the villagers who have shown interest in being educated despite their age! and grade some roads leading to Meza

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  5. Ba Darius u ar just fools, these pipo voted for u, now today since u ar there u claim not to know pipo’s suffering, come on this is som silly joke. wen u ar looking for votes u even walk to those places today u even want them to make a bridge for u, to hell. Ba LT try to do yo own stories like Muvi Tv thumbs up for muvi

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  6. UNZA should give this brave and selfless teacher an Honorary Degree, he sure neeeds a pat on his shoulders.Imagine trying to explain 2+ x=5 to a 20 year old man.who endup answering : Ivi vosankaya xxx nama nambazi sini ziba maningi.

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  7. That grade 7 school people should be commended for his effort to educate other people by giving him free education to continue his studies

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  8. This is Zambia. We have government officials claiming Zambia will meet the millennium development goals by 2015, yet there are such cases.
    I don’t blame politicians. It is you the technocrats who are so timid that you can not stand before political bosses and tell them that what they want done can not bring development. You instead exhaust your minds trying to think what to say to please your bosses. You are just arm chair critics. For me despite having humble education, I contribute by attending demos.

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  9. #9 Mwangala Sianga (PROF), I read your postings a couple of days ago and for once i thought you ‘owned’ lusaka Times. I am suprised today you are commenting on your own story. You could have fooled me…..

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  10. Me i recommend him the job well done, these are people we need in the society coz they can make development in area. Government should do something to the guy.

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  11. Chaume sana ! He is just a one eyed leader in the land of the completely blind people.The guy must be commended for the confidence to teach such a large number of students typical of a class in the premier coating advert

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  12. #10 Boss, the postings a couple of days ago, you are refering to, were cut and paste from About Us for LT. Read About Us on LT. For all intentions and purposes I didn’t intend to deceive you. I’m not LT. Sorry for missing out quotation marks ” ” on the said postings.

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  13. This made me laugh though in the end it made me sad. #1 Kayz, i was told a similar story a true one also from one of the big men in the ministry of Education. He said he too went to a school about a year or so ago and he was suprised to find these kids looking at the car he came with and they kid were busy asking each other “ushe ichi chaume or chnakashi” .”Chinamanshi?” it was their first time to see a car. I have another one but due to space i wont write. I think the former grade seven pupil should be commended for the job well done. did you get the statements emphasis he was teaching “men with beards”. Grade doesnt matter much. But i think government needs to improves teachers salaries and especially those going to rural areas.to attract them to go there. And also they develop…

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  14. Well, that is community schools for you. The saddest part of this whole story is the fact that the DEBS, in his 4×4 cruiser, took 4hrs to cover a distance of 25km from Namaila to Meza. What this means is that Meza is not really in the beyonds of development. It is just that the people there do no matter when it matters the most.

    As for the Grade 7 guy who is teaching his colleagues, well, welcome to the realities of community schools. What more would you like to know?

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  15. Major at 2:

    The Grade 7 dropout is teaching all the grades at the school, where ever they end. If the school goes up to Gr 7, then he is teaching them. He’s the only teacher, remember?

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  16. For Government , it is a scary thought of having a educated population . this means the starting of thinking independently, it becomes harder to lie and trick them. people start asking questions?
    As Government , it is better to have an uneducation Zambia, as you are always be in control . *****s will always hero worship you.

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  17. This is the way community school are run in the country. Trained teacher will not agree to teach under a tree for nothing. Most ‘teachers’ in community schools are just like this grade 7. Until these schools are recognized by boma, this is the trend. This ‘teacher’ should be supported for volunteering like this.

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  18. Well done, Grade 7 graduate.

    How do you take 4hrs to travel 25km. That’s not true. A person can walk that distance within 2 hours.

    Now those beard headed men in grade 3 must also be commended. They really want to learn.

    This backwardness is embarrasing. I hope the Govt will send trained teachers there and upgrade access roads and other facilities.

    One woul feel sorry for teachers too. They seem to have no choice in the matter. They are posted to places they do not want to go at times. Seems being a teacher in Zambia is a hard life.

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  19. Bring mobile schools and they wont have to travel far! It will be schools are for all! I wish Tentasmobile was here!

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  20. So whats new, we were ruled by a grade 9 drop out, ex-gonena president for 10yrs. That teacher should be honored this year’s independence day. Good job.

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  21. NO wasting of time,# 24 i support your wise suggestion. T he grade 7 teacher is a real humantarian worker who has ever lived in southern Africa.G7 Teaching 325 pupils? BIG UPS TO THE TEACHER…..

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  22. Brother Maestro, look back and see what you can do to your communities in southern province. This is very sad.

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