Education Minister says govt to close down substandard schools in Malawi

Minister of Education Science and Technology Dr. Emanuel Fabiano  has warned that all operators of Primary, Secondary schools and institutions of higher learning will not hesitate to close them down if they do not meet the required set standards.

Fabinao briefs the media on educations standards

Fabiano said government in 2015 launched the national standards for primary and secondary schools with the aim of making sure that they promote quality of education opportunities and remove barriers to achieve in all education institutions across the country.

He said this in Lilongwe, during a media briefing where he revealed that the Ministry of Education has additionally set two more education standards apart from the primary and secondary schools standards.

According to Fabiano, government has released other two standards for teacher training colleges and minimum standards for institutions of higher learning.

He said, “We have thought of introducing these two standards because for a long time Malawians have been saying that education standards in Malawi are going down.

“Additionally, we thought of introducing these standards so that we measure how well we are performing as a country, as well as to increase the knowledge, skills and competences of the general population and improve the overall quality of education in Malawi.”

“We urge all school operators to comply with the set standards so that education standards in Malawi are uplifted,” Fabiano said.

The Minister disclosed to the media that the government has since devolved all primary school teachers to the district councils.

“In the past primary school teachers were being managed by the district councils, but the ministry took over. There have been so many anomalies because teachers had to travel from their destinations to Lilongwe to resolve issues, this is why we thought of giving back the authority to councils,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Minister has since discouraged all owners of schools to comply with the set standards instead of complaining and writing the ministry or other government officials to ask for sympathy.

 

 

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yabwanya
Guest

They are just as Stupid. The ministry of Education should employ first those Primary School Teachers they recruited IPTE 9 we are tired of seeing them at home. Not just Closing Schools. what for We are poor we can not manage top go to those schools of high standards with four teachers only.

Tiyanjane
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Good news – because shools with classes under trees will now be closed.

sermo twin
Guest

I’m 100% sure that the honorable Minster has a noble intention, but I want him to keep in mind that” half a loaf is better than no bread” give learners the alternative as quick as possible.

Ngalamayi
Guest

Shutting down these schools will achieve nothing of worth.All it will do is leave hundreds, thousands of learners with no access to education. Inspect these schools, and if they are failing, give them time and support to improve the situation. If they still fail on re-inspection, then consider parachuting new headteachers, principals in to improve matters. Why doesn’t the government think through their policies?

Trendex
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WHY GOING BACK TO SOMETHING THAT FAILED NANUNSO A FABIANO? CLOSING SUBSTANDARD SCHOOLS IS A GOOD MOVE BUT BE READY TO SHOULDER THE STUDENTS THAT WILL HAVE NOWHERE TO GO. MALAWI GOVERNMENT IS TOO GOOD AT DECONSTRUCTING THAN CONSTRUCTING.

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