Minister of Education was on Friday put on the defensive line by legislators in parliament when they sought answers from the government of the sharp increase of school fees in public schools amid chaotic economy.
The minister Emmanuel Fabiano assured Malawians that the increase in the fees is meant to improve education standards in public schools and provide equality in the payment of all public schools.
“For instance, students in national secondary schools were paying K1500 a term for boarding while others in day secondary schools were paying K25000 a term. What we have now done is to order that all students in other national or day secondary schools should pay K25000 a term,” he said.
He also said each secondary school was at liberty to charge any amount for development fund but now there is a government order that schools should not charge more than K2500 per term and this money should only be demanded only if there is a development project at a school.
He said school fees is now pegged at K8000 that will be used to improve the teaching and learning services.
“We don’t want to push all the cost to the tax payer this is why we have made this adjustment,” said Fabiano, a former lecturer at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi.
Public schools face huge budgetary cuts in Malawi due to cash-flow problems at Capital Hill following the freezing of donor aid, among other factors.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :