Government says it has embarked on a resource mobilisation drive aiming at construction of teachers’ houses in the country.
Confirming the development to Yoneco FM, Minister of Education Agnes NyaLonje said much as Malawi is making progress in constructing school blocks, there is little attention on construction of houses for teachers.
“The plans are to find money on an ongoing basis to begin to address the huge problem, for over 50 year Malawi has belt school blocks and called them schools,” said NyaLonje.
“When you have a block of four classrooms, that’s not a school it doesn’t come a school until you have teacher`s houses as well.”
NyaLonje said time is now for teachers to have proper accommodation especially those in rural settings if education standards are to be improved at all levels.
“So the fact that is a county we have been building schools blocks without looking at teacher`s houses what we now face is a challenge that we have thousands missing teachers,” said NyaLonje.
“And thing is that to get teachers to stay in rural areas you need to look at accommodation, so what started looking at accommodation but the challenge is so massive.”
The education minister added that through the National Education Sector Investment Plan (NESIP), it will commence construction of teachers` houses.