Malawi abolishes secondary school entry through applications

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Malawi says it will no longer entertain the admission of students in public secondary schools based on applications starting from the forthcoming academic year which starts in September.

A statement released Wednesday signed by Secretary for Education, Science and Technology says the government has reverted to the merit system of selecting student into public secondary Schools “to improve the efficiency of the system and more importantly to ensure high quality of education and fairness to candidates”.

Ministry of education spokesperson Rebecca Phwitiko

Ministry of education spokesperson Rebecca Phwitiko

“The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology would like to inform all members of the general public that with effect from the 2014/15 academic year which starts in September 2014, admission of students in public secondary schools based on applications has been abolished,” reads the statement in part.

The ministry has urged all students who may not make it to public schools through merit to pursue their studies through Community Day Secondary schools.

“Following this policy shift, the Ministry would like to urge all candidates who may not make it to public secondary schools through selection by merit to still pursue their education through the Open and Distance Learning mode available in most of our public secondary schools”, says the statement.

The Ministry has warned that it will take appropriate disciplinary action against all teachers who will illegally admit students in public secondary schools.

In the past influential people especially top government officials and politicians used their positions to admit their wards and children to public secondary schools.

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