Mutharika bemoans high school drop out

President Peter Mutharika has given startling and disturbing figures on school dropout, saying in some districts, the dropout rate is as high as 90 percent.

Mutharika at the Mulhakho event

Mutharika at the Mulhakho event

Mutharika expressed the concern during the Mulhako wa Alhomwe annual event Saturday at Chonde in Mulanje.

In some districts, only 10 per cent finish school. This is bad. We need to teach our children our cultural heritage as well as encourage them go to school,” said the president who did not name the districts hit hard by the school dropout.

Paramount Chief Ngongoliwa, the head of the lhomwe chiefs, said at the function that children are no longer told to have sex as way of cleansing themselves after initiation ceremony due to the high prevalence rate of HIV and Aids and encouraging them to concentrate on their education.

At a different event in Zomba, principal secretary for the ministry of Gender Owen Luhanga said only 12 out of every 100 adults in Malawi know how to read and write, a situation he described as worrisome.

He said this calls for change of policy on adult literacy classes, saying the government has now directed that women and men should be taught in different classes to encourage more men attend the classes.

“Men tend to be shy. They don’t like learning with women,” he said.

He said the government plans to place qualified teachers in adult literacy classes and place them on full monthly pay just like other teachers to motivate them.

He said among the youth, 75 out of every 100 are literate.

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9 thoughts on “Mutharika bemoans high school drop out”

  1. Mwethu says:

    Even Muluzi whom we knew had no tangible qualifications understood the need for education as a means to achieve development in Malawi, he introduced free primary school education. Now we have a professor as a president and equally an eminent academician as Minister of Education and they are doing what we all know is not good for the country!!

  2. wakummawa mario says:

    Fools from north anthu oipa nkhope inu.

  3. PAUL says:

    MR PRESIDENT, LISTENING TO THE CRIES OF THE PEOPLE, DON’T ABOLISH JC….. BRING IN SOUND POLICIES BY SOURCING IDEAS FROM THE PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY……..I CAN BE PART OF SUCH GOOD CITIZENS WHO WOULD WANT EDUCATION GO BACK TO NORMAL

  4. Yemweuja says:

    Stupid gvt

  5. deadend says:

    All the TV adverts for the mlakho event were showing young girls and women dancing in sexually explicit or graphic ways. So, why would the president attend such cultural events and talk about education drop-outs when the culture being promoted is all about sex?

  6. master says:

    it seems the president knows that the districts of such high school droP-out are right in his teritory,(LOMWE-BELT) but then why do they hate north by blocking their kids via quota system? i cant understand this , well done peter to have come in the open, am sure u said this out of pain because this was a cultural festival and not an education event, u know very well why Lomwe belt has many school drop outs rate of 92% who end up farming as tenants up north and kasungu, the only slaves in Malawi who work in trivial jobs such as tenancy jobs in the north come from southern region districts of lomwe-belt!!!! development starts in the mind

  7. Eye Witness says:

    One day I listened to the Minister of Rducation. Mr.Fabiano on the policy of writing examinable exams in Secondary school once. His response was pathetic when he was asked the idea that some students would engage in a social loafing gear knowing that exams are four years away. His response was ” The duty of making sure that students work hard at school and not quit lies in parents, and government wants results only after schooling.” This was pathetic. With the alarming ileteracy levels government is supposed to come up with deliberate policies to make sure that students stay in school and do well at the end of it. But a school without Teachers, Learning materials and bad policies cant mortivate a student to hang on.

  8. botomani says:

    The districts are well known to all Malawians because they are good at promoting chigololo right from the tender age. Sex is part of their culture.

  9. EDUCATION ACTIVITS says:

    You have raised fees in secondary schools and universities and you come here to pretend as if you care. Mr. President Sir, I do not trust you.

    It is time you embark on primary school compulsory education

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