Zodiak’s Kazako, Malawi Minister decries falling standards in education

Zodiak Broadcasting Corporation (ZBS) owner, Gospel Kazako has bemoaned the dwindling standards of education in the country, and called for urgent redress of the situation.

Kazako: Fallings standards of education in Malawi

Kazako: Fallings standards of education in Malawi

Kazako’s sentiments have also been echoed by the Minister of Education, Emmanuel Fabiano.

The Zodiak boss has since hailed the direction his company has taken by partnering with National Spell Masters, making ZBS radio and television official broadcasters of Spelling Bee competition.

He described the Spelling Bee competition as one of the initiatives ZBS has adopted to help improve the country’s education standards.

”Malawi needs educated people. It is our wish to contribute to the quality of education in Malawi. It’s disappointing that the standards of education have gone down,” lamented Kazako.

The media mogul cited several factors contributing to the dwindling education standards, which include not well-trained teachers and salary delays among others.

”Uneducated nation is a recipe for bad future; the future belongs to the youth, it is therefore important to educat this generation”.

ZBS, according to Kazako, is planning of taking the Spelling Bee competition to all rural areas, adding the programme will help to encourage young people take education seriously.

And Minister of Education, Emmanuel Fabiano while concurring with Kazako, hailed the competition as one of the initiatives to help promote reading culture among the youth.

”This programme will contribute to the growth of education in this country. Young people will be inspired to read more, which in end improve the reading culture,” said Fabiano.

Spelling Bee Competition fourth Season is expected to to start once school holiday is over with ZBS to broadcast the programme.

 

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42 thoughts on “Zodiak’s Kazako, Malawi Minister decries falling standards in education”

  1. yakobo says:

    Following

  2. mada says:

    kodi nkhani ndi ya quota kapena chani?

  3. dzina langa says:

    inu a chipimpha khaneliwa kaya ndinu a khanyu anu you must be a fool. your Eng is even worse not bad. go bak to the books.

  4. Real Patriot says:

    If Malawi has arguments such of the chipipha Khaneliwa who has written his trash in Caps lock,then we have a wrong way to go.So what has low standards to do with Tumbukas?You think blaming Tumbukas for your own dullness will improve your situation?Embrace the spirit of hardworking like Tumbukas and you will the situation than just waiting for useless quota to push you.Hating Tumbukas for no proper reasons will not improve your situation.

  5. wayaman says:

    Guys dont just blame quota system..mwangodana nayo..remember that kale people did not go repeating form four ngati standard 8…..people who passed with good grades after kulemba MCE pakamodzi but look now what is happening? munthu kubwereza mpaka apeze good grades and you call that one intelligent? that particular person cant work under pressure…..and it was because of this plus kuonera kwa ana a ku ma private komwe kunayambitsa entrance….unless you have another reason documented. minus the spellings ..where is the mental arithmentic? ana cant solve simple arithmetic mpaka atatenga calculater..sad.

  6. Mwana Mai says:

    Gospel Kazakh is not telling us the gospel truth because the issue of our education system being despicable goes back a long way. A genuine and practical example I could give is about himself the time when he was hosting the presidential debate last year. His English was very bad that I begun doubting if he was indeed a boss looking after a broadcasting house. Has Gospel graduated through the current education system, if not why has he not spoken the Queens language as it were?

    If we talk about the graduates from our universities you at times wonder if the mode of teaching is held in our local language. You will find them graduates being unable to express themselves either in written or spoken. If they graduated, did they present their thesis in Chichewa and during case studies, what language were they using. It all goes back to the whole system there is about education in the country. If we have teachers and lecturers who all the time are looking for high perks then the end product will always be what we are experiencing now. Mr. Kadzako zip up you mouth and polish your English, please. Ndakatulo ndi zina amwene.

  7. Munthu Wakunja says:

    Chichewa is indeed a natinal language for the Chewas. For non Chewa peoples, it is the language of an oppressor. The MCP regime imposed its Aryan Chewa with impunity over other non chewa people who suffered misery for 31 years. The use of one language has been a major contributor to the low educational standards in Malawi. So do not take us backward again with your oppressor’s dialect.

  8. lesta says:

    Quota system at work

  9. chipipha khanelihwa says:

    AM HERE TO MAKE MY CASE CLEAR THE QUOTA SYSTEM IS NOT BAD EDUCATION IN AFRICA MAINLY IN MALAWI IS NOT TO DEVELOP MALAWI AS A NATION IS THERE TO ENRICH A CERTAIN GROUP OF WITH LUXURIOUS LIVES LET ME CLARIFY MY VIEWS MR GEORGE KAMANGA IF YOUR ONLY GENIUS LAND GET FLOODED TO THE UNIVERSITY WHAT ABOUT YOUR FELLOW BROTHERS IN THE SOUTH WHO YOU CALL LESS INTELLIGENT WOULD GET FOOD FOR THE DAY WHO WILL TAKE CARE OF THEM.MR KAMANGA I WOULD LIKE TO TELL TODAY WITH YOUR FELLOW STUPID MBWENUMBWENUS WHY DID KAMUZU CHASED YOUR GRANDFATHERS TO THE NORTH,WHY KAMUZU RESTRUCTURED MANEB THOSE DAYS.TUMBUKAS I THINK I HAVE HEARD ALL OF CRIES THEY ALL STEMS FROM SELFINESS ALL I CAN SAY IS FUCK YOU YOU ALL I DON’T LIKE.WHY YOUR UGLY FACES MARRY FROM YOUR OWN LAND YET YOU LEARN ABOUT INTERMARRIAGES WHY?WHY WOULD YOU NOT EMBRACE THE SPIRIT OF LOVE WHICH PROMOTES ONENESS AND TOGETHERNESS.WE ARE BORN BY NATURE NOT BY CHOICE…I REST MA CASE A TUMBUKA NONSE PA MTUMBO PANU..

  10. Charombanthu says:

    Education standards were compromised by the Muluzi regime which “liberalised” education as well. Government allowed schools to operate next to bottle stores or along the main roads as if they were shops. Private schools are allowed to operate freely in residential areas of Ndirande, Chinamwali, Zingwangwa, Area 25, Soche East, Zolozolo, Mbayani etc. This never used to be the case in the past where schools like Chaminade, Robert Laws, Kongwe, Dedza, Mtendere, Box 2, even those in cities/towns such as Blantyre or HHI Secondary Schools or Bwaila, Mary Mount, but had all the requirements to prepare young minds for education – sports grounds and equipment, well equipped science labs, well trained teachers from our colleges, well coordinated subjects. The schools nowadays do not even have sports grounds for the young minds. It’s a shame that we expect anything good from such facilities.

  11. Jelbin mk says:

    And don’t forget quota system has played a very important role in depreciating the standard of education in that country where candidates with incompetence go to tertiary institutions leaving behind competent ones which spells shame and disgrace. Authorities they don’t care of this situation as long as they serve their tribes in paving their way to university at the expense of the nation.

  12. Jelbin mk says:

    Nana it’s not true that technology has worsened education standards because in Malawi very few people have smartphones which does that auto completion of spelling and to the contrary countries with high use of technology has a better education standard than ours take of Britain, Kenya, South Africa and many more so please don’t say something you have no know how about.

  13. Ineyo says:

    Quota system does not take the dumb to universities, it only makes resource allocation fair and equaly distributed. In the past, we had situations where someone with 16 points and qualified to enroll in university being left out due to space, yet some many people from one region, now bemoaning the system, with same 16 points were easily enrolled to university. The purpose is to evenly distribute opportunities, I for one find no problem with the system

  14. Edwin Mwalwen says:

    Although I don’t know the direct owner of Zodiak,bt it deserves salute as a company.
    We have had so many companies before, bt none supported Malawi the way Zodiak is doing despite of the huge profit earnings.

    If we were to vote for a company to lead us,no doubt, Zodiak would have skupd al vots.
    Mr Kazako,no words to you,may God bless you.

    So many companies but no support the country,instead scandal perpetrators in our beautiful mother Malawi.

  15. Khanjo says:

    Kwali naye pitala uyu na fundo zake izo wakendapo.

  16. school fees introduction says:

    Free education in the primary schools is killing education in Malawi. The government does not have the purse to run all schools in Malawi without pupils’ contributions. Lets throw politics away and advise the government to introduce school fees even if its K1500 per pupil per month. With such fees, 40 pupils will be able to pay one teacher per month. With donor fatigue MRA does not collect enough taxes to support the education in the country. The difference in standards of education during Kamuzu time and now has come about because we used to pay fees during Kamuzus time and schools had resources and teachers had adequate resources for teaching.

  17. Kondwani says:

    Kwathu kuno kaya….Kuti upeze malo ku college,despite having good grades,is not easy job…
    Makolo akuyesesa kumalipila ma non refundable fee koma ana awo..sakutengedwa…
    Amalawi azanga bwanji…???????.
    Malo ku college kusowa,mwachisomo cha Mlungu akutenga….next time ntchito kusowaso!!!!!!
    I believe that Malawi is a rich country,though Malawians are said to be poor… I will neva call myself poor Malawian…..

  18. Kaziwiziwi says:

    John: ma jealous, ma jealous, ma jealous. God forgiv u!
    komanso nkhani ili apa mr jealous john ndi ya quality of education.

    gonjetsani adani athu: Njala, Nthenda, Nsanje (ya john)

  19. Foxyandy says:

    The resources are there and manpower is readly available.What matters is excution of the planned policies.The problem is the corrupt mindset of senior ministry officials who tend to abuse allocated funds inthe name of workshops. For instance,the new secondary education curricullum launch took a fortune and time for the senior officials,yet the teacher had an orientation of 2-3 days and is expected to deliver. This is to the contrary.The problems are many,but not to the degree that they cannot be curbed.

  20. mikisoni says:

    Qualified teachers are there only that govt is failing to recruit them…The problem z that the country is full of self serving politicians.

  21. anadimba says:

    paja inu agospel sukulu munafika nayo pati?mutalephera ku hhi form four munakabwereza paja? Where are these sisters of yours catherine and mary? Greet them for me

  22. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    DDP used ZODIAK to rig election by announcing fake figures by ZODIAK disguising with the word erectronicaly accessing system which was all fake.

    Chewas this man Kazako never assisted Malawians he has put Malawi on more fire.

  23. estery chibambo U.K says:

    He is one of the people who has worked very hard in his entire life and wish to contribute towards the development of the country.He can justify where he was 20 years ago up to where he is now as most of us knew him working hard at Broadcasting house osati za a Caroline Savala. He who dares wins and God has blessed his hard work. All the best you have got my vote man.

  24. zaluma says:

    Who told you that Chichewa is national language. Iwe ndiwe wotsalira. Zinapita ndi mudya anthu Hastings Kamuzu Banda, chinyau chopsya. Chichewa is just a mere language. Check the constitution of Malawi. Kukhalira kulota eti mbuzi chinyau iwe

  25. jomba says:

    zosezi mukukambazi ndi useless we Africans we dump as fuck!! Ucant change things with words.u fools. Make logic strategys

  26. GANYAVU says:

    DPP dizilo,petrol,paraffin. Kulibe.

  27. Am afraid ov dis gvt. They failed to recruit primary teachers. When are u going to recruit them? Malawi @51 kma yah mavuto adakalipobe mpaka kalekale. Ratio 1teacher:200learners y? Instead ov 1:80

  28. Zayakunkhongo says:

    #1 Chichewa is a national language and has nothing to do with poor education standard. During the era of Ngwazi Ngwazi Dr. K Banda we had good education standard because quantity matched with quality of education, resources matched with population due to sound economic policies. The country is becoming poorer and poorer due to poor governance and high corruption rate hence the government is failing to provide services to the rapid growth population. The other contributor is politicians who influence manipulation of Maneb results so that even those who failed the exam pass. I had ever been an examiner in 2009 and 2010, I was surprised to hear the national pass rate of msce exam. The truth is that less 30% passed the exam but they doctored the results to please the government of the day.

  29. Nana says:

    The problem has been worsened with the coming of auto-completion of words in smart phones. It seems technology is making us dumber by the day especially when the user is not cautious.

  30. Kazako great thought but the deep root cause remains untouched which is the use of “Quota System” in selecting out brothers & sisters to public universities. The competition will not bring back the standard at all cost. Quota system is leaving the “Genius of our land in villages & dull people are in universities who will be dull graduates tomorrow”.

    Abolish Quota system and take the genius to the universities & the old education standard glories will return to our beautiful land.

    Solutions to our education standard will never be restored if innocent souls with good grades are crying in the villages. Quota system is evil before God & God in His Glory will not allow to see evil ruling the land.

  31. Peter Mathanyux says:

    Change is certainly welcome but not with Mathanyula on the driving seat.

  32. Nganya says:

    Gospel is owner of Zodiak. If there are other owners, let them be known. Nsanje a Malawi. You can check with company registry to confirm.

  33. Kenkkk says:

    You and your stupid minister deliberately forget the quota system. Who in the world would rate such an education system as good if it penalizes some of its academically gifted children from all over the country, preventing them access to tertiary or university education?

  34. FABIANO is just lying here. Government is failing to absorb its own trained teachers at both primary and secondary levels. Teachers are paid late with a lot of missing names on the salary sheet, rural allowance being unpaid. Let us show sympathy after putting in place all iniatives.

  35. nana says:

    Gospel if you were a true statesman you could have educated flora to a certain level don’t cheat us

  36. Wistombi says:

    Gospel Kazako Is Real Malawian…Future Of This Country…I And My Family We Wish You All The Best Mr Kazako.

  37. What do you expect when the leadership is in the hands of idiots!!! They are there to steal full stop!!!!!!! Dont complain now, you are the same people who put these magots into power!!!

  38. Blessed Banda says:

    Mental Arithmetic, English dictation and Chichewa lembetso were all abolished. Mental Arithmetic trained us to think fast and write answers quickly, English Dictation helped us to write correct spellings even of the very so called bombastic words as we used to hear them from our seniors in those good old days. Our learners now, even at university level they fail to write good English, thinking is not there. Too miuch regurgitation and when invited for intervies they fail to express themselves. Too bad.

  39. john says:

    Gospel Kazako is not the owner of Zodiak but awa the maheu guys.He was just used as a front and has some shares but not mpaka kuti he is the owner of ZBS. He knows the truth mwiniwakeyo

    1. drogba says:

      @ john, who’s the owner then?? tell us

  40. Damiano Shumba Hara says:

    something must be done urgently before things get worse

  41. Damiano Hara says:

    The standards are indeed very low, one of the reason is the use of chichewa instead of English to pupils in junior primary schools, this should be changed

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