Malawi needs K3bn to rehabilitate schools in flood affected areas

Malawi government will need a whooping MK 3 Billion to bring back to about 400 schools affected by heavy storm that characterized the floods in the country, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has said.

This boy whose Chigoli FP School in Mulanje was hit by the floods stands near his former home. Photo: Agnes Mizere

This boy whose Chigoli FP School in Mulanje was hit by the floods stands near his former home. Photo: Agnes Mizere

A report released by Secretary and Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs show that more than 350 schools are directly affected by the floods while other schools are being used as displacement sites affecting nearly 300,000 learners.

Spokesperson in the Ministry of Education Manfred Ndovi said that the short term action is to just renovate the affected schools while a long term plan could be constructing other schools far away from the disaster prone areas.

UNICEF has distributed 50 tents in the districts of Nsanje, Phalombe, Chikwawa, Machinga, Mulanje, Thyolo and Mangochi to assist the affected schools and has also procured and distributed 565 school-in-a-box kits to schools in the seven districts.

Education activists have expressed concern on the students who will be sitting for examinations this later this year saying their preparation may have faced a huge setback.

Benedicto Kondowe, a vocal civil society activist, argued that the country should find a way of how best to deal with the situation because from areas affected by the floods will not have prepared enough for their examination as compared to other areas where the schools went on undisturbed.

“Schools from fllood hit areas should go an extra mile in preparing the students who will be sitting for examinations since there calendar has been heavily affected by the floods in that they have a good period of time,” he said.

Communities who had their homes washed away by the floods were camping in schools a development which rendered the schools unusable for a long period resulting in students staying at home instead of being in class.

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Mdicai Longwe

This will be another money spending machine called Flood gate. Please Malawians can we be serious. Our friends are in trouble but we are busy chopping the money donated by well wisher. Put stratagies for accountability and trnspalency.


Has madona brought the funds yet? People are raising alot of money but accountability is a problem.

mtima wa nyani
inu ku mw kwathu kuno kwadza dzindalama koma anthu apenga nazo kotelo kuti sakudziwa poyambila kaamba analibe ndondomeko yoti mavuto a madzi akatigwera tizitani?????koma kukhala ku paliament kukanganilana malipilo. pano nothing in place , za,bili tikumazivera ku ma intrnational jounalists kwathukkuno anta ngati kuti kulibe cacitika. ma temporary buildings set as refugee areas amayenela kukozedwa osati kungomanga tent imodzi, ana a skool kuwakozera pomayembekezera , osati mphwii kumangoti a uje apita uku , kusiya anthu akuvutika, tatiyeni tulutsani ndondomeko tiziona zomwe zikucitika ,akuyendetsa ndi ndani, ndipo depot ya zonzsezi kupelekedwa -materials- zufikila pati, ????????????? tingooona kuti kwapelekedwa ndalama mwakuti from… Read more »

keep cutting down the trees and you wil need much more money

Eden Oscar HAzard

Ndalama zimapita ku thyolo secondary amasayinila Goodall zipite kumeneko.


rehabilitation such schools must be on temporal basis since the areas have proven to be prone to disaster. the lasting solution would be relocating them to elsewhere!


Madonna has already raised about 85% of it,am sure we can cover the deficit ndiye tisanve kuti ndalama kulibe. Ana abwelere ku sukuku basi

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