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School libraries to boost learners’ performance in Likoma

Chief Education Officer for Likoma District, Zimulange Mhango, says construction of Chima and Same Primary School libraries in the district will help improve performance of learners once completed.

In an interview on Thursday, Mhango said the libraries, which are being constructed with finances from Constituency Development Fund (CDF), will provide education resources for both learners and teachers.

“The libraries are at the centre of teaching and learning. These libraries will provide education resources for both teachers and learners, which will lead to improved performance in schools.

“Communities prioritised construction of libraries because they value quality education. Once completed, learners have responsibility to pay back by ensuring that the facilities are properly utilised,” said Mhango.

One of the libraries

He thanked Member of Parliament (MP) for Likoma, Ashems Songwe, for his efforts in improving education standards in the district saying, leaners can only enjoy quality education if resources are made available.

Likoma District Council Chairperson, Ernest Gulu, said construction of primary school libraries will also enhance reading culture among the learners.

“We thought of constructing libraries in two primary schools to improve education standards. The idea is to ensure that every school should have advanced libraries that will have computers and books. We are looking forward to having them connected to the internet,” explained Gulu.

He noted that in the absence of libraries, studying is becoming a challenge to most learners in the district hence affecting their performance in schools including writing and speaking good English.

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