Shortage of teachers in rural schools of Eastern Province attributed to lack of accommodation.

Lack of accommodation in most rural schools in Eastern Province is contributing to shortage of teachers.
Provincial Education Officer, Thomas Mwanza disclosed this during a live radio programme dubbed “budget tracking” on Breeze FM this morning.
Mr. Mwanza explained that teachers, who are sent to schools that do not have accommodation, find it very difficult to stay in grass thatched houses in villages and end up demanding for transfers.
He however, stated that the Ministry of Education has this year targeted to construct 133 houses in various schools to address the accommodation problem.
And Mr. Mwanza says that the Ministry of Education in Eastern Province has proposed to build four additional secondary schools in Mambwe district because of the increase in population.
Mr. Mwanza has explained that suggested construction sites are Mambwe boma, Chisengu, Masumba and Kasamanda areas.
Meanwhile speaking during the same programme, CSPR, Civil Society for Poverty Reduction Provincial Coordinator, Maxwell Nkhoma bemoaned lack of funding to government ministries, which he says contributes to under performance.
Mr. Nkhoma says CSPR is engaging government at the national level so that money to ministries is released on time to improve service delivery.

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