Malawi govt insists no fees in primary schools

Government through the ministry of education, science and technology, has trashed rumours that it will introduce a K5000 tuition fees in primary schools.

Ministry of education presser

Ministry of education presser

Director for Basic Education in the ministry, Dr Joseph Chimombo, who described the rumours as false, baseless and empty, argued during a press briefing that they are on intentions to reserve the free primary education policy.

“We have never discussed introduction of fees at primary school in the past 16 months. We cannot change the policy without proper consultations with stake holders,” said Chimombo.

According to him, the claims came about because of the hiking of tuition fees in secondary schools.

“Primary Education is free,” he emphasized.

He said all children have the right to access education without any hindrance and no pupil should sent home or denied access to education for failing to contribute towards school development funds.

“We are aware that some teachers charge pupils in the name of Development fund and other activities. Such funds are helpful but pupils whose parents cannot pay should not be sent home,” said Chimombo.

He also said no school is allowed to organize fee-paying extra lessons within school premises.

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15 thoughts on “Malawi govt insists no fees in primary schools”

  1. ALOSWEA says:

    Penapake mafunso akumandivuta ,udido wa Boma ndi uti tsopano,my tax mayoOoooo!!!!!!

  2. Wilson Banda says:

    pempho langa mukamakambirana za fees ya primary muziganizila makolo omwe akusunga ana achuluka kaamba kamavuto osiyanasiyana,pomwepo pali asecondary ndi primary.osewo akudikira thandizo monga kudya,kusamba,kuvala,maphuziro ndizina zambiri chonde aganizileni makolo amenewa primary yokha isiyeni chomwechi.

  3. school fees can encourage school dropout

  4. Nzomveka bwino. Koma ngati boma yalamula ku maphunziro a pulaimare ndi awulere nanga dzina la ‘school fund’ ikuchokeranso kuti? Kodi sinjira yobisalirapo kuti ana adzilipila mwa chinsisi?

    Maphunziro a ana ambiri akulephera kuyenda bwino maka amasiye ndi ovutika kamba kadzina limeneli ‘school fund’ mafumu,makhansala,akomiti ndi a phunzitsi apeza njira yodyera. Koma akuvutika ndani mwana wa masiye ndi wovutika ngati alibe ‘school fund’ imeneyi sakuloredwa kulembedwa mkaundula wa sukulu,kulowa mkalasi ndi kulemba mayeso. Kodi tsogolo la mwanayi, la dera ndi la dziko zikukonzedwa?

    Bwanji pakhale njira ina yopangira source ‘school fund’ like school garden,expressive art, variety show, zone competition of different education actitivities like dramas,poems,quiz etc. Not what is happening in most primary schools. Khansala,wakomiti kukakhala kusukulu tsiku lonse kuopseza ndi kubweza ana amasiye ndi wovutika kuti asaphunzire, pamene aboma mukuona,kumva n’madyanawo zolanda mudzina la ‘school fund’. Pothawira mukuti “sitinalengeze zamalipiro a sukulu za primary koma school fund ndiyabwino chitani”. Zoona koma apatseni njira zabwino wosati zobweza ana zikuchuluka kwambiri. Mpake anthu akuti ‘mwayamba kulipilitsa’.

  5. iwe says:

    Malawi yatha Ngati katani apa dziko lukanika kuyendetsa mpira ukanikaso

  6. Joe says:

    Just introduce a standard and affordable fee so that ministry of education can purchase good learning materials for the pupils. One can’t get something from nothing.

  7. chatonda says:

    Ministry of Education, what are you doing with Chichiri secondary school teachers who do not teach but do part time and even create their own school just next door?

  8. sapitwa says:

    Ife kale timalipira 15 Shillings nthawi zina zikavuta timatha kulipira Madzira a nkhuku.
    If you defaulted paying school fees, you were sent back home. We were in turn getting keen interest from parents to check what we had learned every day. This was because they felt the pain in paying school fees and would want to see what the fees was yielding.
    We were getting good education because Teachers were also being checked by parents.

    Sukulu ya ulere si solution yothetsa umbuli infact mbuli zachuluka masiku ano chifukwa cha sukulu yaulereyi. Ma graduates a lero akulephera kulankhula chingerezi chokazingika bwino ngakhale kulemba kumene. Ndizo zikhalira zaulere, ziribe quality ngakhale surety!

    Introduce school fees at primary level, sizoyenera kukambirananso ai, it was like that 20 years ago. Obereka ana ngati nkhumbayo alimba nazo.

  9. Mnunkhaludzu says:

    The Government full of mapwevupwevu. Reversing key decisions already made is a sign of failure and incompetence. You need to listen and make proper consultations with the people….Zakanika apa basi!

  10. chenkute says:

    Hu kimano mukamapanga ma program anuwa muzipanga mwanzeru chifukws2 APA tikuona kuti palibe ndi chanzelu chomwe chikuchitika .mutati muone ma iko anzanu mupeza kuti mwana was class 2 olo 3 primary akuchikulumula chingelezi komano kwathuko munthu was form four akulephe kulankhula . muzifunse kuti chifukwa chani?

  11. Truth pains says:

    In those days rumours also revealed that:
    1) Passport fees up. Anakana eeeee koma kuti? Fee siinakwere?
    2) License fees up. Anakana eeeee koma kuti? Anthu sakulipira mpaka K80,000?
    3) MSB agulitsa. Anakana eeee koma kuti? Sanagulitse?
    4)Escom agulitsa kale. Mwaona ma meter atsopano akumangilira pa polo ya magetsi a Tapiwa aja?
    5)Primary school fees yakwera. Asiyeni azikana. We already know the truth.

  12. Bikiloni Nachipanti says:

    It only shows kuti anthu akukakamila kuthetsa PSLC and JCE anathawira pawindow and zinawakanika.. Ana awonso ndi mbuli za wanthu zoti sizikafika ndi ku college komwe. Nawonso ndi mbuzi!!

  13. Mwenye says:

    Please consult people before you make a decision on anything concerning the nation.

  14. Chimwemwe Banda says:

    The headline says that there will be JCE exams at the end of the current academic year. However, the article itself makes no mention whatsoever of the JCE. Our Form 2 child has been told at school that she will not be sitting the JCE.

    What is the truth?

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