At least 600000 school going children are out of classes in Malawi but government can’t pass a law to make education mandatory because of appalling conditions in public schools.
Education activist Benedict Kondowe noted that most public schools are still not conducive for learning as they lack basic things like infrastructure.
“In addition, 40 percent of the workforce is not there,” said Kondowe, adding in some cases there is a teacher pupil ratio of one to 250 instead of one to 70.
Although the ministry of education is one of the major recipients of the national budget, most schools have inadequate infrastructure forcing some pupils learn under trees or in grass structures without even chairs.
Minister of education Emmanuel Fabiano conceded education standards, especially in primary schools, have completely gone down but urged parents to continue sending their children to school to mould them into useful citizens.
President Peter Mutharika said he walked almost a distance of 30km to attend school and one day he was nearly mauled by a leopard but he persevered and got the highest education becoming a university professor and now Head of State.
He promised his government would improve the dwindling education standards but fell short of saying how his administration would get the 600 000 out of school children back to classes.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :