Independent Member of Parliament (MP) for Lilongwe City Centre Constituency, David Bisnowaty, has challenged that it is only through compulsory education that Malawi will spiral up the development ladder.
The MP said this in his maiden speech towards the 45th session of parliament as he commented on the Malawi President Prof Peter Mutharika’s speech in the State of the Nation Address.
Bisnowaty echoed PresidentMutharika saying it was a shame that 50 years down the independence line, Malawi was in its current state of poverty, a situation he attributed to high levels of illiteracy.
“Good education is not just about having one at Kamuzu Academy or one at Bishop Mackenzie; we need well constructed schools with sufficient electricity and sports and recreation facilities to motivate the students and computer laboratories,” said the Lilongwe legislator who added “Education must be made compulsory for all students if we are to see a developed Malawi in the next 20 years.”
During the State of the Nation Address, the President had recognised that education standards in the country have plummeted due to a number of factors, including inadequate teaching and learning materials, insufficient classroom blocks and a high pupil-teacher ratio.
He had thus promised that his Government would among other strategies construct and rehabilitate school blocks and girls hostels, promote learning of science, technology and technical subjects in our schools, provide computer laboratories in all public secondary schools, and revise the terms and conditions of service for teachers to make the profession attractive and competitive.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :