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Classroom collapses on Lilongwe learners

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By Audrey Kapalamula:

Eleven learners at M’buka LEA School in Area 36 Township, Lilongwe, have sustained injuries after a makeshift classroom collapsed on them yesterday.

The standard three and four learners were rushed to Bwaila Hospital for medical attention, the school’s head teacher, Jephason Tsamba, confirmed Wednesday.

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Tsamba said the classroom collapsed after its poles failed to support the structure.

“The learners usually come at around nine o’clock for their lessons. But, before these learners come, there is a certain group of dropouts that comes and disturbs classes. So, their target is those classrooms because there are no classes. They come to play and climb on rafters. They had already damaged one makeshift class,” he said

The school has 22 fully-built classrooms and six makeshift classes that accommodate over 6,800 learners.

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Tsamba has assured learners and communities around the school that the remaining makeshift classes are in good condition and that the authorities will find a way of protecting them.

“We have been using these classes for more than three years. We have the education committee, under the Lilongwe City Assembly, that comes and certifies their condition. What is remaining is to strategise on how we can make these poles sustainable,” he said.

The incident led to an uproar from some learners and members of the community, forcing school authorities to dismiss classes.

Last year, some learners died in Zomba after a wall of a makeshift classroom collapsed on them.

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