Communities to help in construction of schools, says Malawi Education Minister

Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Eunice Kazembe says construction of school infrastructure relies upon the hands of the community.

The Minister was responding to a question from the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nkhata-Bay Central, Symon Vuwa Kaunda who requested the ministry to consider constructing classroom blocks, teacher’s houses at Chisangawe Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) and laboratory house at Chisu CDSS.

“The construction of schools relies in the hands of the surrounding community. They have to mould bricks and provide sand for the construction,” explained Kazembe.

She added, “My Ministry is aware that at Chisangawe 6,000 bricks have been moulded but we are asking the community to mould more bricks and supply sand for the project to commerce.”

Kazembe: Communities to help
Kazembe: Communities to help

On supplementary question Member of Parliament for Mchinji North East, Alex Chitete asked the ministry to consider upgrading Gandali and Chimbizi with laboratories and libraries.

The Minister said mobile laboratories would be provided to schools that have no science laboratories.

Kazembe said trough Japanese funding all 600 plus CDSS would be rehabilitated and now they are completing the third phase of the programme of which six CDSS are rehabilitated on each phase.

The minister also said MPs should consult District Councils for the school projects since they are done under Local Development Funds.

Member of Parliament for Lilongwe Mapuyu North, Christina Chiwoko asked the minister to consider constructing a primary school at Msundwe Trading Centre since the nearest school is highly congested.

On that, the Minister said her ministry is aware of the need to construct a primary school and teacher’s houses since classes are conducted in churches and these are pupils from standard one to four.

Under Local Development Funds communities are asked to mould bricks and supply sand towards the project.


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