Chief Ntambu of the Lunda people in Mwinilunga District of Northwestern Province has expressed disappointment with the poor pass rate of Grade nine pupils who sat for the 2019 General School Examinations.

Chief Ntambu said it was disheartening that out of 134 pupils who sat for the 2019 grade nine general examinations from both Ntambu Day secondary and primary schools only 16 passed to go to grade 10 translating into 17 percent pass rate.

The Traditional Leader said this in Mwinilunga today when Provincial Deputy Permanent Secretary, Douglas Ngimbu called on him at his palace.

Chief Ntambu who attributed the poor performance by the pupils to lack of seriousness among the teachers at the two learning Institutions alleging that some engage themselves into beer drinking on duty and absenteeism.

He has since called on the office of the Provincial Education Officer to take action against the indisciplined teachers who are contributing to delivery of compromised education services to the people in his community.

Chief Ntambu said he attaches great importance to education as it is a cornerstone for the attainment of meaningful social and economic development in his area and that he will not tolerate indisciplined teachers.

And Deputy Permanent Secretary, Douglas Ngimbu commended Chief Ntambu for being instrumental in ensuring that his Chiefdom develops.

Mr Ngimbu also expressed disappointment with the reported poor work culture of some teachers who engage themselves into beer drinking on duty and absenteeism and warned that the culprits with be charged and dealt with.

He said absenteeism from work is a very serious offence which must not be tolerated adding that those found wanting will be dismissed.

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