Govt urges PTAs to support schools for improved learner performance

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Government has advised Mwense secondary school management in Mwense District in Luapula province to coordinate with parents in managing the affairs of the learning institution.

Mwense District Education Standards Officer (DESO) Gabriel Chibwaya says parents should supplement teachers efforts of improved learner performance by sending their children to school on time once
the schools open.

Mr. Chibwaya said keeping the children at home delays the academic calendar for the school and results in poor performance of the pupils at both grade nine and twelve levels hence the appeal.

ZANIS reports that the DESO was speaking at Mwense Secondary School during Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) Annual General Meeting held at the learning institution yesterday.

The DESO however thanked the school for improving the learner performance from 42 percent pass rate in 2015 to 62 percent in 2016.

And speaking at the same occasion, School head teacher Chibwe Kantu attributed the great performance of the school to teachers’ commitment to duty and good relationship with the parents.

Mr. Kantu however expressed worry to note that some parents have not paid school fees for their children.

Mr. Kantu said parents are still owing the school over 337 thousand kwacha school fees representing 24 percent default rate making the management of school affairs very difficult.

And the newly elected PTA executive committee chairperson Fred Kapayi thanked the parents for choosing him and pledged his commitment to improving the performance standards at the learning institution.

Mwense Secondary school has a total of 53 permanent teachers with 1, 155 pupils.

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