Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) a local Non – Governmental Organisation will soon embark on a two – year pilot project on Contracting Primary Schools for Improved Performance through Results Based Financing (RBF) which aims at strengthening the education system in Mangochi.
The results based financing initiative attempts to offer an alternative to testing for the prevailing input based financing system for education in the country.
Executive Director for CSEC Benedicto Kondowe made the disclosure on Wednesday during a District Executive Committee meeting in Mangochi, saying the project will involve the stimulation of primary schools and communities to jointly improve access, equity, quality and relevance of the education system.
According to Kondowe the results based financing project has a budget line of 546,671.00 Euros which is an equivalent of K329, 642, 613 at the current exchange rate.
“Schools will be incentivized to set up pre – school facilities, build classrooms, enhance the learning environment, increase efforts to enroll girls and other vulnerable children and retain them,” Kondowe said.
Kondowe said the project will be implemented in Monkey Bay, targeting thirty primary schools in three primary education zones of Monkey Bay, Nkope and Thema where a total of 30, 270 (28, 770 primary and 1, 500 pre – school) children will be served during the two – year pilot that will run from 2014 to 2016.
In his remarks, District Education Manager for Mangochi Sam Kalanda said the project will help to address some of the challenges the district is facing in the education sector since Mangochi is one of the district in Malawi that experiences increase in number of school drop outs.
“The project will obviously go a long way to complement other efforts the education office and its partners are doing to ensure quality education standards. It will also motivate learners to remain in school because of the incentives,” Kalanda observed.-– Reporting by Sellah Singini, Mana