Agness Nyalonje (Centre) presiding over the release of PSLCE examinations results last month

Mzuzu-(MaraviPost)—Minister  of Education, Science and Technology, Agnes NyaLonje, has disclosed that about 200 secondary schools and 260 primary schools in the country have no potable water in the face of the incessant pandemic of Covid-19.

Speaking on Friday during an interface meeting with opinion leaders in Mzuzu, the minister said after assessing the current situation, her ministry already has plans to drill boreholes in the schools as one way of combating the pandemic through regular hand washing.

“What we have decided is that instead of spending a lot of money on tents and providing tents as a temporary measure in the schools, we feel that while it may take a bit longer, it’s better to invest the few resources that we have in more permanent structures which can be done more quickly but also be as durable as possible,” explained NyaLonje.

The minister further said the ministry has been allocated K5 billion which will be used to drill boreholes, construction of 363 classrooms and recruitment of 3,270 new primary school teachers.

 In his remarks, Minister of Justice, Titus Mvalo, who is also a member of the Presidential taskforce on Cvid-19, said there is need for the taskforce to engage with community leaders and share with them their findings on the gravity of Covid-19 for the benefit of the locals.

Mvalo said: “The engagement with traditional leaders and the religious leaders is very very important because these are the leaders that are with the people in the villages, in church; everywhere, in markets they are with people and people listen to them.”

One the traditional leaders, Paramount Chief Kyungu of Karonga District, appealed to government to fully resource the leaders for them to be able to identify challenges which have come about due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the taskforce has advised that schools should remain closed for at least a fortnight so that further assessment on the safety of learners and teachers is conducted.

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