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Too few teachers: Overcrowding in Malawi's classrooms

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At resource-poor, overcrowded schools in Malawi, many students learn outside. Photo by Sarah Feldbloom.

Recently, the Malawian Ministry of Education announced its intention to improve the average teacher-to-student ratio in the country from the current one teacher to 155 pupils to one to 88.

At Mbayani Primary School in Blantyre, it appears this goal is still far off; the school hosts 11,000 students and only 100 teachers. Journalists for Human Rights reporter Sarah Feldbloom worked with Malawian journalists Chimwemwe Mangazi and Pamela Mithi to find out more. Listen to their report below. 

Not Enough Teachers



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