Shortage of teacher’s houses at Bangula Primary School in Nsanje, Malawi compromises learners’ right to education

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By Emmanuel Alufazema

Teachers at Bangula Primary School under Traditional Authority (T/A) Mbenje in Nsanje district in Malawi have asked the government to construct houses at the school campus saying they are struggling walking long distances to and from school a situation which is negatively affecting learners to access quality education.

Bangula Primary School Headteacher, Patrick Bishop disclosed this when I toured the school on Wednesday. The Bishop said that the school has got only two teacher’s houses which are not enough to accommodate fifty-five teachers in total.

He said that out of 55 teachers, 43 are living in remote areas at a distance of about 2 to 3 kilometers from the campus and that they are negatively affected by heat as well as rainfall during the rainy season. Due to these challenges, most of the teachers opt not to report for duty, hence affecting learners’ access to quality education.

Considering that the school is one of the three primary schools with the high number of learners enrollment in the district, the government and other well-wishers must come in and help in constructing the teachers’ houses at the campus to minimize challenges both teachers and learners are facing so that the quality of learners’ education may be promoted.