Africa Development Bank highly rates Rumphi district on literacy rate, life expectacy
Rumphi district, in the northern region, has been highly rated for population density, life expectancy and literacy outperforming any other district in the country – data shows.
According to statistical data published by the Africa Development Bank Group and available on http://malawi.opendataforafrica.org/, Rumphi has a satisfactory life expectancy where males can live up to 53 years much higher than other districts.
The district’s literacy rate is presently pegged at a whooping 82 per cent.
Other star performers on literacy level are Likoma, Chitipa and Mzimba also in the North Malawi are ranked second, third and fourth respectively on national comparison. While Dedza and Mangochi are ranked worst with 49 and 47 per cent respectively.
Thyolo, Lilongwe and Nsanje have the lowest life expectancy levels as males average only 41 years while Rumphi and Karonga ranked highest at 53 years.
Rumphi’s population density also proves the district is one of the best places live comfortably with 36 people living per square kilometer as opposed to Chiradzulu and Thyolo which have some of the worse population densities screaming at 376 and 342 people living per square kilometer respectively.
Likoma has the worst with 579 people living per square kilometer.
The data further shows that in terms of malaria deaths, the districts of Likoma and Neno are far much better as averagely only 0.02 and 0.03 people per one hundred thousand (100,000) people succumb to the disease mainly due to their smaller sizes. however, Rumphi registers only 0.11 and Mangochi has 0.90.
According to experts, Rumphi could have star-performed on literacy levels because of a much conducive environment the district offers as regards education.
A historian studying at Mzuzu University (Mzuni), Auster Chirwa, said that, also, the influence of the early missionaries in district also could explain the sumptuous literacy levels.
“The district has been introduced to education since the eighteenth century with the arrival of David Livingstone,” he said.
He added the influence is also the reason behind many significant schools in the district including the University of Livingstonia, St Patrick’s Seminary and the Phwezi Schools.
Top 10 Districts on Life Expectancy (years for males) are:
1. Rumphi – 53.1
2. Karonga – 53.0
3. Chitipa – 51.0
4. Nkhata Bay – 50.8
5. Mzimba – 50.2
6. Lokoma – 50.1
7. Dowa – 49.5
8. Machinga – 49.0
9. Ntcheu – 49.0
10. Neno – 48.6
Top 10 Districts on Literacy Levels (%) are:
1. Rumphi – 82
2. Likoma – 78
3. Chitipa – 76
4. Mzimba – 75
5. Karonga – 74
6. Nkhata Bay – 74
7. Blantyre – 68
8. Chiradzulu – 67
9. kasungu – 67
10. Ntcheu – 64
IT IS VERY INTERESTINING OF RUMPHI BUT BUT MANY YOUTH HAVE THEIR MAXMUM EDUCATION OF AN MSCE BECAUSE OF THEIR POORNESS THAT THEY CAN NOT SUPORT THEMSERFS FOR FURTHER EDUCATION I AM A GOOD EXAMPIE.HOW MORE CAN IT BE INTERESTING IF THE RATE OF FINDING JOB
IT IS TRUE OF HIGH LITERACY RATE IN RUMPHI BUT MY WORRY IS THAT MANY POOR YOUTH DO NOT FIND JOBS INCLUDING ME.
Nothern Region has more educated people than any other, If you check around people who are doing well are northerners, I am pround to be from Rumphi and Livingstonia to be precise.
You should also read the World bank report on completion of primary and secondary school in Malawi. Thyolo and Chiradzulu are the lowest. A lot of children drop out at standard three. The trend continues at the secondary school level. But instead of dealing with the issue of why many children do not complete primary and secondary school Bingu decided to bring quota system and punish children who have stayed in school for 12yrrs. The government knows this trend that is why they now select learners from Thyolo to schools in the north hoping they will do well. The interesting… Read more »
Proud of my district,whether some one hate us or not but that’s the truth so it’s take it or leave!!! We shall excel no matter what!
bull shit data
Comparing methodology and outcomes of PAC report on federalism and ADB literacy report is ridiculous coz ADB are independent but PAC are political and not independent
I do NOT know if these data are believable. At a glance, the numbers appear to be way below the true life expectancy. The highest being 53.1 yrs for Rumphi males? In 2012, the average for males in the whole country was reported to be 55. And currently, the CIA estimates the averages to be 58 and 62 for males and females, respectively. So, who to believe? To me the CIA is more believable. And in translating statistical averages, and if Rumphi men live longest, then it means their average LE must be more than 58 (the CIA number), Not… Read more »
This data is interesting. There seem to be a correlation between Chikamwini culture and low literacy levels at play here. Quota system will never reverse this trend without implementing ‘real ‘ family structures in the Chikamwini culture – that will be the solution like it or hate it . A real family values its children and ensures that they go to school, are fed and dressed. a Chikamwini father (most) does not care at all.