Milenge District Education Board Secretary (DEBS), Denis Mukunta says the department has commenced the provision of revision learning materials for pupils in non-examination classes as schools remain closed amid the COVID-19.

Mr Mukunta said the move is aimed at helping vulnerable learners who do not have an opportunity to learn at home.

She explained that the revision materials will be distributed to various communities in the area through the school head teachers.

Speaking in an interview with ZANIS, Mr Mukunta noted that most pupils in the area lack television sets in their homes and have no access to the internet.

“Most of our learners come from vulnerable homes where they have no access to the media.  Therefore, they are missing out on lessons being broadcast on educational channels in the media,” he said.

“We are hoping that providing learners with reading materials will help them not to completely stay off school work,” he said.

Meanwhile, some parents are concerned about the education of their children.

Matildah Chibale said it was impossible for her to help her children with school work as she is illiterate.

“My children had a zeal to read their class notes when they were going to school. But the longer they stay at home, the more their attitude is becoming negative. I am not educated hence I cannot home-school them,” she stated.

And Josephine Kalunga, a grade eight pupil at Milenge Secondary School revealed that she does not have time to study at home as she is always doing house chores.

“If I am not at the fishing camp with my parents, then I am at home doing house chores. I do not have time to study at home,” she said.

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