A pastoral statement the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) released Sunday the bishops of the Catholic Church in the country have again pointed out that education standards continue to go down in public schools (primary, secondary and tertiary).
“Lack of or overcrowded classrooms, lack of teaching materials, shortage of teachers and deteriorating infrastructures – dilapidated buildings, near-collapsed libraries and ill-equipped laboratories, among others are the many signs of a malfunctioning education system,” reads the pastoral letter under the theme ‘Mercy of God as a Path of Hope’, read out in Catholic Churches nationwide.
“ We wish to underline that no country can achieve any meaningful development without investment in education,” the bishops said.
Catholic Church contributes immensely to education sector in the country with many reputable learning institutions.
The Bishops also expressed concern about the possible impact of the abolition of Standard 8 and Junior Certificate examinations.
“We wish there were wider discussions and consultations before such a decision was made. This could dispel fears people have that the government only wanted to do away with Standard 8 and Junior Certificate exams for economic expediency and not raising the standards of education,” reads the pastoral statement.
The bishops also said while they are appreceg the support the government renders to the Church-owned schools, the appeal to authorities “ to do more by supporting infrastructural development in secondary schools if indeed our youth are to reach their fulfilment more fully and more easily.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :