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Govt saddened by poor examination results in Luwingu District
Luwingu, May 18TH, 2013, ZANIS —- Government says the 2012 grades seven, nine and twelve examinations results were not impressive but also embarrassing to the Luwingu district in the Northern Province as a whole.
ZANIS reports Luwingu district Commissioner Mambwe Katontoka to have disclosed this during the official opening of a two-days head teacher’s association meeting held at Don Bosco primary school in the district, yesterday.
The meeting aimed at ironing out the problems affecting the education regarding handling of final examinations.
Mrs. Katontoka said the record of examination results at all levels were terribly poor and humiliating to the district for a good number of years.
She cited the grade 12 results at the only secondary school as being pathetic and that they came third from the last and only managed to beat Chilubi and Mporokoso secondary school in the province.
Mrs. Katontoka said that Luwingu secondary school as one of the schools that was letting down the province according to the reports reaching her office.
“This is very sad. On the other hand, grades seven and nine came out number seven at provincial level. This is unacceptable. Does it mean other district have better teachers and facilities than? The answer is definitely no,” she lamented.
Mrs. Katontoka said the country is developing at a fast rate and requires highly educated human resources to drive the wheels of development adding that the PF government will not tolerant lesser faire approach to work.
She further said the education sector has a responsibility to educate and transform the communities in order to change the social welfare of the greater majority of the people in the areas.
Mrs. Katontoka expressed concern on reports reaching her office that head teachers and their staff are rarely found at their respective schools and instead spend their time loitering in the township.
She said that leaving pupils at school unattended to was against the PF manifesto and detrimental to the development of the school going children.
The visibly annoyed Mrs. Katontoka warned that her government will not take kindly any teacher found loitering in the township without permission will be dealt with severely.
“If there are teachers who do not want to do the work, there are many unemployed teachers who can do wonders and change the current state of affairs,” she warned.
And speaking earlier District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) Charity Lungu said the head teachers association was called to address the poor examination results for grades seven, nine and twelve which have brought embarrassment to the district.
Ms Lungu said the pupil academic performance has not been good because of the number of challenges such teachers absenteeism and in some cases inadequate teaching and learning materials.
She also lamented that pupil enrolment and many families have affected attendance due early marriages, economic setbacks and negative attitude towards education.
Ms Lungu said the issue of early marriages and negative attitude towards education in some parts of Luwingu district.
She said this was affecting the education sector and appealed to the district administration to embark on awareness campaign on the importance of education.
She however, appreciated the support coming from the PF government toward the education sector by deploying new teachers in schools that are adversely affected by poor staffing.
Ms Lungu further said the construction of Lupososhi secondary school has reached advanced level and this will decongest the only secondary in the district.