Kanjedza teacher living in an out-of-use toilet
A teacher at Kanjedza Primary School in Blantyre is living in an out-of-use toilet due to a shortage of houses at the institution.
But Ministry of Education public relations officer, Mafred Ndovi, on Thursday expressed ignorance about the predicament of the teacher.
The teacher (whose name we are concealing on request) has been living in the toilet for five months such that learners are now calling it ‘nyumba ya sir.’
Confirming the development in an exclusive interview Thursday the school’s head-teacher, Nellie Mkumba, said the teacher has been living in the sanitary facility since he got transferred from Kapeni Demonstration School, Blantyre.
“This school was established in 1960. But it appears government, at the time, overlooked the issue of teachers’ houses. And so, it has remained like that to date,” she said.
Mkumba stated that with the exception of her, all the teachers find accommodation on their own off the institution.
But the concerned teacher arrived at the school around 7pm with his family and personal effects, with no time to look for a house to let.
Mkumba said a decision was, thus, made that he should squeeze himself into the defunct toilet until he identifies a decent and affordable accommodation nearby.
“But now my fear is that this may not be possible anytime soon because houses are scarce and quite expensive around this area. I just don’t know what will happen,” she narrated.
When approached for interview, the concerned teacher just said: “It’s true that I am living in that out-of-use toilet. But I’ve no say on accommodation issues. That’s beyond my jurisdiction.”
But he admitted that preparing lesson plans in a small and poorly ventilated room has not been busy. His family is not staying with him as the room is ‘too small’ to accommodate more than one person.
Ndovi said the ministry was not aware that the problem of lack of teachers’ houses had gone that far.
“I’m going there right away to appreciate the situation for myself because I’m currently in Blantyre,” said the PRO.
But he was quick to rule out possibilities of government intervention, saying: “The ministry didn’t receive a provision for the construction of teachers’ houses in the current budget. So, chances that teachers’ houses may be constructed at the school are remote. Maybe in the next financial year.”
Meanwhile, the teacher has surrendered all his personal effects to friends and well-wishers for safe keeping while looking for a house to let.