Deputy Minister of Education Madalitso Kambauwa – Wirima, MP, has urged Standard 8 learned who are currently sitting for Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PLSCE) to always follow Covid-19 preventive measures as they are writing their examinations.
Speaking to Afriem on Wednesday after visiting some Primary School Leaving Certificate (PSLC) examination centres in Salima and Nkhotakota where she went to monitor progress of the examination, Wirima told the candidates to take extra care to deal with Corona virus and avoid losing future leaders.
The Deputy Minister further expressed her gratitude saying she is happy that the exams have started well in the centres that she visited despite minor challenges that were reported and she hinted that seeing all examination centres she monitored are following Covid – 19 preventive measures, this gives her courage that winning the battle of fighting Covid-19 will easily be won.
In Nkhotakota at Lozi centre where a total of four schools have been clustered, 29 learners failed to sit for the exams “because they either got married or are pregnant” according to the centre supervisor Chiyembekezo Mwafulirwa, something that worries the Deputy Education minister.
Mwafulirwa said out of the 269 registered learners for the four schools namely; Lozi, Chankhomba, Mduluka and Kanyenje primary schools at the centre, 240 turned up for the exams.
According to some NGO reports from different districts, there are more indications that the closure of schools in April this year due to Corona Virus pandemic, more children especially girls have married after getting pregnancies.
Government through the ministry of Education ordered the reopening of schools in phases starting with examination classes begin in primary, Secondary or tertiary level.