Saturday, September 08, 2007

Chief Chanje warns teachers against excessive drinking

Chief Chanje warns teachers against excessive drinking
By Christopher Miti in Chipata
Saturday September 08, 2007 [04:00]

CHIEF Chanje of the Chewa people in Chipata has warned teachers in his area against excessive drinking of alcohol. And chief Chanje has appealed to the Ministry of Health to send qualified health personnel to his area. Chief Chanje expressed concern that some teachers were found drunk during working hours in the area.

"I will not tolerate teachers who are always drinking beer during working hours, I know a number of teachers who are doing this, but its normal for them to drink after 17:00 hours," chief Chanje said.
He appealed to the Ministry of Education to look into ways through which it could deal with teachers who are always drunk during working hours.

"I want the District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) to visit my area so that I can explain better and the DEBS should respond early when there are such matters,"chief Chanje said.
He wondered why some schools in the area were not holding Parent Teacher Association and Annual General meetings for more than two years.

And chief Chanje appealed to the Ministry of Health to send qualified personnel to Tamanda clinic.
"Tamanda Rural Health Centre has no qualified health personnel, there is a worker who normally helps in doing some duties that are supposed to be done by a qualified health worker but my worry is that this person is not qualified and as such he is bound to make mistakes," chief Chanje said.

He said it was unfortunate that the district health office had not done anything despite being informed about the problem.
"I informed the health office early this year and they assured me that they were going to look into that during postings but up to now they haven't acted," said chief Chanje.

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