Education stakeholders in Mzuzu have called on government, through the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, to consider training educational counsellors to be deployed in primary schools.
They say as the world gets complex, learners are confronted with various challenges, hence the need for government to start caring about their emotional needs.
Sister Cecelia Mzumara of Wongani Private Primary School said over the weekend that some of the learners come from troubled families, hence the need for them to find the necessary support in schools.
“This is an emerging issue that government has to take up. Experience shows that some of the strange characters that manifest in children are due to family background. Imagine a child whose parents are going through divorce [challenges] It gets very hard for them and the only place they should find solace should be at school,” Mzumara said.
She added that some learners do not perform well in class not because of incapability but due to psychological and physiological challenges.
“It might be a new phenomenon in Malawi but it is working elsewhere in the world, I, therefore, urge the government to adopt it for the sake of our kids who are the future of this country,” said Mzumara.
She was speaking in an interview after presiding over the graduation ceremony of over 40 Standard Eight learners.
Mzumara expressed hope that all the graduates who have sat for their Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education examinations would perform well.
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