The District Education Manager (Dem) f o r Chiradzulu, Harris Kachale, has urged teachers, traditional leaders and parents to work together by encouraging children to go to school to eradicate illiteracy in the country.
Kachale was speaking on Friday during the presentation of school books to 13 primary schools and four community day secondary schools donated by Member of Parliament (MP) for Chiradzulu West Emmanuel Fabiano. The function was held at Nkhande Primary School.
“You people here are blessed to have an MP who recognises the importance of education. This is a rare opportunity. It is not [important] just to have the books, but to use them by reading every day,” said Kachale.
In his remarks, Fabiano, who is also Minister of Education, Science and Technology said he was impressed with the standard of education in the area which has seen a good number of pupils being selected to secondary schools.
The Minister then urged teachers to be dedicated for better results.
“There are some teachers who like to give notes to the children and leave them alone, that is not accepted, I have been a teacher for many years and no one can cheat me. So, next academic year we must have as many children selected to government secondary schools as possible because, with the coming of these books, I hope there will be tremendous competition,” said Fabiano.
Senior Traditional Authority (T/A) Chitera asked parents to send to school any child above six years, saying they should all join hands to fight early marriages.
She also cautioned some teachers who fall in love with schoolgirls, saying that is another way of denying them their right to education.
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