Government bails out Bangula Primary School

Martin Gela Jnr-Correspondent Jr, Mana, Nsanje.Community members around Bangula Primary School in Nsanje district can now breathe a sigh of relief following government's decision to construct a school block at the already congested institution.

The infrastructure will be built under the project 'Malawi Education Reform Project' (MERP) to a tune of K8.6 million.

Speaking during the sensitization and Mobilisation meeting last week, Nsanje Chief Education, Youth and Sports Officer, Gladstone Alindiamawo said similar interventions will also be implemented in four schools of Nyachilenda in south, Dinde in south west, Mpatsa in central and Chikali in north out of 103 primary schools in the district.

He said: "Communities will contribute bricks, sand and quarry while government will do the remaining part."Alindiamawo hailed government saying shortage of classrooms remains a big challenge in the district.

Headteacher for Bangula Primary School Patrick Bishopu, said this will ease the congestion as the school is having 3,891 learners whereas 2, 022 are boys and 1, 869 are girls against 20 classes with 52 teachers.

According to Bishopu the institution has a shortfall of 44 school blocks and 12 teachers which cause havoc mostly during rainy season.

"The coming in of this school block will at least help us and we would love if government could give us more blocks," he stated.

Bishopu: government should help us with more blocks

Member of Parliament (MP) for Nsanje Lalanje, Gladys Ganda said the development was a big step in improving access to education.

Ganda said out of 8 school blocks shared in the district, her constituency got a lion's share of a block with two classes while the remaining 6 will be shared among the remaining four constituencies.

Both head boy and head girl for Bangula primary school, Blessings Nyakhakha and Chisomo Mbamba thanked government for considering them saying that will enhance conjucive learning environment.

They both said learning outside was a big challenge as the scorching sun and at times rains disturb them.