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Malawi needs 2.2 million school desks

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By Patience Lunda:

The Ministry of Education has disclosed that it requires 2.2 million desks in public primary schools across the country.

Education Deputy Minister Monica Chang’anamuno said the situation has culminated in four million learners learning while sitting on the floor.

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Chang’anamuno made the remarks when Tea Association of Malawi Limited, in conjunction with Kawalazi Tea Estate Limited, donated 40 desks to Chihame Two Primary School in Nkhata Bay District.

In an interview, Chang’anamuno appealed to stakeholders to intervene in the situation.

“The shortage of desks is mostly a challenge to girls, especially when they are menstruating. It is disheartening that some candidates sit national examinations while sitting on the floor.

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“We are, therefore, appealing to stakeholders to look into the issue,” she said.

Kawalazi Tea Estate Limited General Manager Gurtej Singh Nain said they were committed to promoting quality education in the country.

He said the desks they donated are worth K3 million.

Chihame Two Primary School opened its doors in 1959 and has an enrolment of 1,035 learners but the school only has 110 desks.

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