Malawi Prisons demand qualified teachers in jail

Malawi Prisons is demanding qualified teachers in the country’s jails to teach prisoners preparing to sit for the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE).

Prisoners in career talk

Prisoners in career talk

Evans Phiri, spokesperson for prisons said this after 68 prisoners passed this year’s MSCE out of 102 who sat for the examination.

The prisoners did not do well though compared to the past years when one of them was selected to Chancellor College in Zomba. However he did not go to study at Chancellor College because prison officials said was lack of laws that could cut a prison sentence to allow an inmate study at college.

Phiri said the dismal performance in the examination can be reversed once the ministry of Education allocates full time qualified teachers in prisons.

“This is really a concern to us as this defeats the whole purpose of rehabilitating our prisons,” said Phiri.

Phiri said currently, prisoner volunteers teach fellow inmates although they might not be qualified secondary school teachers.

“We need a lot of volunteers to teach our prisoners so that they are rehabilitated,” he said.

Former ministry of education principal secretary Sam Safuli who served a prison sentence years back on abuse of public money charges, said he spent his time in jail teaching fellow inmates.

Phiri also said the prison also lack teaching and learning materials. This year most students who sat for MSCE did extremely well.

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11 thoughts on “Malawi Prisons demand qualified teachers in jail”

  1. Karonga boy says:

    Kamsy i like ur comment, coz these in mates need to be taught :plumbing, bricklaying,carpentry & others 4 them to be useful when the come out. Coz u said even if they pass 6points no body is allowed to go out to poly & chanco. So why being busy telling to write msce yet it has no value to our bros & cctas?

  2. pichi says:

    Kodi sikuli anthu amene amatsidwa sentence with hard labor amene ali ndi madegree? Hard labor ndiyo imeneyo adziphunzitsa anzawo ku prison. A cashgate onsewo some have masters ena ma BA they should teach not just waiting kutulitsidwa pamene adapatsidwa hard labor. Ahhhh

  3. hosiwahosiwa says:

    Due to technology development,clear short notes are being compiled,printed and photocoppied aswell.Making easy to grasp de required content….Students these days are not beating the bushes just like the times of the Kasambalaz who got 6points dos days.,,,no!!! They do study only and only examinable parts….Therefore, coming with 6points its very easy…..So let’s just congratulate them all…

  4. kamzy says:

    I dont see any sense in encouranging inmates kuti azilimbana kumalemba mayeso ngati MSCE its just a mockery to them,i would ruther propose training them ndi nthito zamanja monga plumbing,blicklaying carpently etc eeesh!basi battery low blackout again

  5. kamzy says:

    I dont any sense in encouranging inmates kuti azilimbana kumalemba mayeso ngati MSCE its just a mockery to them,i would ruther propose training them ndi nthito zamanja monga plumbing,blicklaying carpently etc eeesh!basi battery blackout again

  6. john says:

    Osagona tulo achinyamata

  7. mzuzu says:

    THE QUSTION IS, HOW ARE THEY GOING TO USE THE KNOWLEDGE TO THE PUBLIC? SOME ARE IN PRISON FOR A LONG TIME. CRIME PAYS. THEY NEED TO GO AND DO FARMING TO FEED THEMSELVES. THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH. TELL CSO TO TAKE CARE OF IT. LET CSO GO AND TEACH IN PRISON. THIS IS THEIR RESPONSIBILTY. OSMANGOKHALA KUKANGANA NDI BOMA AGALU INU. CSO NDIMODYELAMO BASI.

  8. Nyeks says:

    Kamangeni maziphunzitsi aku S.t Maries,HHI,Kamuzu acadamy kuti adzikhonza ma 6 points

  9. 5555 says:

    Anthu akupha ndi kubawa mukufunanso kuwawonjezera nzeru zina!!! stpiti

  10. Manyuchi says:

    Being in prison is not a privilege a nyapala inu. I would rather have better security on the roads. Why can’t you volunteer to go teach them

  11. nyere kuwawa says:

    Incomplete, how many points the highest got? Tazilembani zomveka bwino. Osamasiya anthu mmalele ngati akuwonera comedy

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