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Floods disrupt 20,000 learners

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By Audrey Kapalamula:

CHIWAYA

Floods have affected a total of 20,356 learners in six affected districts, according to the third situation analysis report.

The report says the learners belong to 139 schools in Chikwawa, Nsanje, Mulanje, Phalombe, Zomba and Machinga districts.

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The majority of those affected are boys, with the figure of affected girls at 9,559.

It adds that classes have resumed in some of the districts while other classrooms are sheltering displaced people.

“The only challenge is that some students are learning outside in order to accommodate the affected people. The use of schools as camps continues to cause classroom shortages in most districts where IDP [internally displaced people] are still camped…,” it reads.

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The report further says 2,731 early child development targets have been provided with kits and tent classrooms in 19 camps in five districts.

With few weeks to go before standard eight learners commence their Primary School Leaving Certificate examinations, there are fears that some learners may be negatively affected.

Meanwhile, Malawi National Examinations Board spokesper son, Mayamiko Chiwaya, has said they are liaising with district education managers in affected districts on the way forward.

“We have been in touch with district education managers who have assured us that the community members who are camping in schools have started leaving and we have been further assured that, by the time we start administering the examinations, communities will have vacated school premises,” she said.

The examinations are scheduled for May 8 to 10.

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