Statistics from the previous Southern Province Grade 7 and 9 results show that there is very little teaching and learning taking place in the region, Minister of General Education John Phiri has observed.
And Dr. Phiri has warned teachers in Southern Province against engaging in partisan politics as the country goes to the polls in August this year.
Speaking during the Southern Province Provincial General Education Indaba on the Grade seven, nine and 12 examination results held in Livingstone yesterday, Dr. Phiri said drastic measures needed to be taken by the provincial and district leaders in education in order to improve the performance this year.
“From the 2015 examination results, the statistics clearly show that there is very little teaching and learning at Grades 8 and 9, and that drastic measures needed to be taken by the provincial and district leaders in education,” he said.
Dr Phiri said this was so because of the poor performance which the province had continued to record since 2014 adding that there was need to candidly review the performance of some schools.
“It is obvious that there is a lot of work to be done in Southern Province. We demand from the provincial, district and school levels much more effort if we are going to see changes. The onus is on you to deliver.
“I am here to plead with you and remind you that you should change your minds and should not be business as usual. God has positioned you where you are for a purpose. The purpose is to care and guide children still in school. The purpose is not to molest or abuse them.
The purpose is not to receive salaries under false pretences,” Dr. Phiri said
He said for teachers to sufficiently and effectively contribute to the education process, teachers must be professionally well grounded and that they needed to grow professionally.
And Dr. Phiri warned teachers to leave politics to politicians adding that partisan politics would ruin their live.
“Concentrate on you core business which is teaching or aiding those who teach. If you are receiving messages from God that you must be a politician, kindly resign. Do not create unnecessary problems for yourselves and the system. Stay away from active politics,” he said.