THE revelations by the Ministry of General Education that the country has a 95,400 shortfall of desks in schools is a serious inadequacy that requires urgent attention before it can compromise our education; if it has not yet done so!
Ironically, the Government has been on a robust programme of constructing and upgrading schools across the country in recent years.
With the phasing out of basic schools, the Government has upgraded at least 22 primary schools into secondary in each of the country’s 10 provinces. It has also built a staggering 115 new secondary schools.
This, coupled with the ever increasing enrollment levels, has certainly increased the pupils’ population in our schools. Sadly, this has not been accompanied by adequate learning materials, including desks and books.