By Draxon Maloya
Some schools in the city of Mzuzu are still struggling to create a conducive teaching and learning environment due to inadequate books desks and toilets.
Head teacher at Sonda Primary School in the city of Mzuzu, Gerald Chima said this on Thursday when Luke International donated new and renovated toilets to the school which he said has an enrolment of 1194 learners.
Chima said the pupil toilet and desks ratio has always been a huge concern some of the challenges affecting the smooth delivery of teaching services at the school whose enrollment is still growing due to among others fast completion of settlements at Area 4 and other surrounding townships.
“We have an enrollment of 1194 pupils against seven toilets which has been posing a huge challenge to our learners and teachers resulting in girls opting to ease themselves in the bush, we also have only 89 desks so teaching under such circumstances poses a great challenge,” Chima said
And in his remarks Luke International’s Community Development Deputy Manager, Tina Thole Dzama said her organization prioritize on health and hygiene issues such as menstrual management hence coming in to assist upon noticing that most schools don’t have enough toilets.
“We have so far assisted eight (8) schools in the city of Mzuzu considering that we want to achieve hygiene standards in all schools hence embarking on this project from which we expect more schools to benefit more,’ Drama said.
However, Mzuzu City Schools Health Education and Nutrition officer, Nomsa Mvula thanked Luke international for improving hygiene practices mainly in primary schools which has significantly reduced girl child school drop out rate.
Luke International embarked on a project in 2013 which it is constructing and renovating toilets in primary schools.
The project is being implemented with funding from Bargus Foundation of Taiwan and the construction and renovation works at Sonda primary school have consumed at total of k12 741 800.00.