THE Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education should ban teachers from watching Telemundo in schools, Balmoral primary school Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) acting chairperson Kizito Bukowe has said.
Telemundo is an American Spanish language broadcast television network that is owned by the NBC Universal Television Group division.
Mr Bukowe, who is former Evelyn Hone Collage of Applied Arts and Science biomedical lecturer ,observed that popularity of the channel in Zambia has negatively affected the performance of both pupils A teachers in schools.
Speaking during the Mainstreaming Psycho-social Support into the Educational System (MPES) expo organised by the Ministry of Education and REPPSI Zambia in Chilanga district, Mr Butowe said the negative psychosocial impact of Telemundo in schools was a reality.
He was concerned that the trend by teachers to watch Telemundo had become common in many government schools.
“The parents should also discourage pupils from becoming addicted to Telemundo.”
“The ministry must come up with a plan to ban teachers from watching Telemundo in staff rooms,” he said.
Mr Butowe also attributed the failure by parents and teachers to control the use of cellphones in schools as part of the contributing factor to poor performance.
And school headteacher Stella Moono said the school had a challenge of access to clean water among its numerous problems. She said the school had many problems that psychologically affected pupils.
“Our school has only 14 teachers with a total of 302 pupils.
‘‘We have three offices, nine classes and has no staff room,” Mrs Moono said.’’
She said most of the psychosocial problems faced by pupils were from within school and their homes.
And Mount Makulu PTA chairman Albert Zulu said most parents were not willing work with the association to improve psycho-social well-being of pupils in schools.