Malawi suspends fee hike in secondary schools ‘until economy improves’

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) has clarified that it has deferred implementation of new fees in public secondary schools this term t following the motion which parliament passed on 3 December, 2015 against it, saying the new higher fees will wait until the economic situation improved.

Phwitiko: School fees remain unchanged as of now

Phwitiko: School fees remain unchanged as of now

This follows reports that some schools especially in Nkhotakota and some districts  were collecting new laid down fees arguing that the Ministry of education has not communicated anything regarding the cancellation in implementing the fees.

Ministry of Education spokesperson Rebecca Phwitiko told Nyasa Times that the ministry will not implement the new fee hike following the motion in Parliament.

“The implementation of fee increase in public secondary school has been deffered.  This has been done on the basis of the motion passed in parliament on 3rd December 2015. For students who had already paid the new fees the balance will be carried over to subsequent terms, “said Mphwitiko.

Students in public Schools were paying new fees contrary to what was agreed in Parliament.

Member of Parliament for Salima Central Felix Jumbe moved a motion stopping government from implementing the hiked fees in public Secondary Schools and Tertiary Institutions the matter was well supported and it was sustained.

Jumbe observed that the government can hold until the economic situation improves.

The fees have now everted to K600 (centre fee and modules) in open day secondary schools, K500 (tuition) and K750 (textbook revolving fund and general purpose fund) in district day secondary schools without boarding.

In community day secondary schools (CDSSs) with partial boarding (girls hostels), the fees will remain in the range of K25 000 to K35 000 (boarding), K500 (tuition) and K750 (textbook revolving fund and general purpose fund).

Students in district day secondary schools with partial boarding will pay between K25 000 and K35 000 (boarding fees), K500 (tuition fees) and K750 (textbook revolving fund and general purpose fund), according to MoEST.

In district boarding secondary schools, the fees will be in the range of K25 000 and K35 000 (boarding), K500 (tuition) and K750 (textbook revolving fund and general purpose fund) while national grant-aided secondary schools will maintain the K55 000 (boarding fees), K500 (tuition fees) and K750 (textbook revolving fund and general purpose fund).

In September last year, MoEST announced that school fees in public secondary schools would be raised to improve the quality of education, but some parents and guardians expressed concern that the hike was too much and ill-timed.

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13 thoughts on “Malawi suspends fee hike in secondary schools ‘until economy improves’”

  1. kate says:

    Inenso ndangokomedwa ndi chithunzi cha becc icho. nane sindinawelenge nkhaniyo.kkkkk

  2. Yesaya says:

    Rabecca ndi machine enieni, ingowerengani nkhaniyo musavutike ndikupanga za iye poti ena anapanga kale

  3. Sizachilendo says:

    Rabe next time adzakujambule kuyambila miyendo utaminula tidzaone katumba

  4. Kenkkk says:

    Thanks you dpp govt for at last listening to the people.

  5. ben says:

    Please can boma also block inflation and kwacha depreciation untilo the economy improves as my salary is getting less and less,

  6. Ankhwinda says:

    Rabecca ulendo wina uzawawuze a Nyasa Times kuti chinthunzi chako chizatalikile kuti anthu azathe kuwerenga nkhani yokhuzana ndi school fees modekha bwinobwino

  7. Steven says:

    Me too i didn’t waste my time reading this article,maso anga athela pa iwe munthu wa amai

  8. Kumangochi says:

    Zili khenge amat atan shame on them

  9. Lova says:

    Blavo opposition thats how we govern da poor masses

  10. Utaka Matemba says:

    The opposition deserve a pat on the back for forcing the government to reverse its decision on increasing fees in public schools.Could I also ask the opposition to stand firm on gay issues.Dont let the government give in to western pressure

  11. government tractor salesman says:

    wawa rebecca wawa. i didn’t even waste time with reading the article, i just stopped at the photo

  12. Tonny says:

    Hayi… This gvt is useless shame…! They are everywhere. No proper planning and clear implementation of policies. Everyone just does their own thing. One minute they say this, next minute it’s changed. They don’t even follow proper procedure….. Due to luck of knowledge of what proper procedures are of course. The president on one hand is just by passing the parliament on issues of national importance, the minister of Health is busy taking bribes from Bosnawalt or whatever his name is. Hayi. Shame.

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