November 11, 2016 by Staff Reporter
The Primary School Advisor (PSA) for Kanjuchi Zone in Mzimba District, Emmanuel Thosi has accused Churches for playing a hand to learner’s poor performance in their education.
He made the observation on Friday on the sidelines of an open day organized by Action aid in the area aiming at ending violence school going children are facing in their respective areas.
Thosi blamed the Churches for engaging learners to perform church functions even during school time which is a violation to the learner’s education.
He said” Churches are a greatly contributing to learner’s poor performance in their education. They make the learners absent from school to attend church functions and even sing in funerals during school time.
“This has affected the learners a lot because they cannot concentrate in their studies hence they fail during examination.”
He called on the Churches not to violate learner’s right to education by engaging them to perform church functions during school time.
Traditional Authority Khosolo said it is very unfortunate that Churches are also playing a part to interfere in learner’s school programme by inviting them to sing in church functions and funerals.
Khosolo bemoaned distances learners travel to access education saying it is a hurdle especially to girls.
However, efforts to speak to Church leaders proved futile as there was no representative at the function.
Action-Aid Programmes Coordinator Aaron Luhanga said his organization understands the importance of girl’s education and that is why they are building hostels to accommodate the girls.
He said girls are sometimes put off by the long distances they travel because they can face various violence such as rape and defilement hence the programme to construct hostels.
Ujama organization’ district coordinator, Martha Kapanga said through their project “Ending Violence among Girls,” is training the girls in empower defence skills such that they are able to defend themselves during assaults.
Among the training skills, the girls are taught weakest areas in a man, which they can easily hit to rescue themselves when under sexual assaults.
Meanwhile, a recent assessment has shown that annual sexual incidences in the district have been reduced by 23.1 percent courtesy of Ujama self defence skills to girls.
The activity was organized by Action aid with the theme; collective action against violence in schools in partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).