Kaputa Boarding Secondary School in Kaputa district of Northern Province is reported to have a deficit of teachers.
School head teacher, Boniface Mwila, says staffing levels are low at the learning institution especially in mathematics, natural sciences and Information Communication Technology (ICT).
ZANIS reports that Mr Mwila revealed the development to Northern Province Minister, Chungu Bwalya, when he addressed civil servants at the secondary school.
He added that a number of teachers at the school had been in acting positions without being confirmed for as many as seven years.
“I am appealing to the government through you, sir, to help us rectify this problem. The shortage of teachers may result in compromising education standards at the learning institution and non-confirmation is really demotivating for the teachers concerned,” he said.
Mr Mwila also appealed to government to come up with a policy that should empower boarding schools with farming inputs and implements to boost Production Units (PUs).
He said the introduction of compulsory PUs in learning institutions was a welcome move as it is helping boarding schools to be self-dependent.
“Just a start-up input supply would go a long way in ensuring sustainability of the unit and production of enough food to feed our learners,” he said.
In response, the Provincial Minister, Bwalya Chungu, said government was in the process of recruiting teachers and would engage the Ministry of General Education to ensure rightful teachers are recruited for needy subjects.
“Another reason for delayed confirmations for teachers is related to the establishment gazetting of schools. Once all new schools have their own establishments all these problems will be sorted out but the process is already on,” he said.
However, Mr Chungu said the policy of government at the moment is to empower vulnerable members of the community, who are vulnerable but viable peasant farmers.
“Learning institutions should find their own sources to enhance Production Units. Government is already subsiding small scale vulnerable but viable peasant farmers so it cannot extend this gesture to learning institutions because it is a very costly undertaking,” he said.