Independent Schools Association of Malawi (ISMA) has urged Government to investigate the alleged illegal private schools which ISMA describe as enemies of quality national education standards.
ISMA President, Joseph Patel, said this in an exclusive interview with LINA. He alleged that currently over 2000 schools ranging from nursery to secondary in the country are operating illegally as they are not officially registered.
“Some schools are there not to assist Government to improve quality of education but stealing from people and simply to accumulate wealth for themselves,” said Patel.
Patel said that during a meeting they held on Monday with the Minister of Gender, they agreed that Government must take over the responsibility of looking after nursery schools which mostly are private.
Hel told LINA that his organization is working closely with Government to conduct a survey and determine approved and non approved private schools in the country and release a list of names of approved private schools ranging from nursery to secondary level.
“Operating a school without a license is a serious offense and the penalty is K500, 000 fine and closure of the school, in some cases even demolition of the school structure,” Patel disclosed.
He added that currently Malawi has only 251 private schools from primary to secondary level.
In 2010 Government in conjunction with ISMA mounted a serious crackdown on private and Government schools and closed about 500 schools which had poor conditions or operating without a licenses.
Education standards in Malawi have gone down since the introduction of free primary education in 1994 after the introduction of multiparty politics in the country.
The problem has been aggravated because of unqualified teachers, under payment of teachers, inadequate teaching staff, poor learning environment among other factors.–Lina
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