Csec warns of indefinite school closure: Malawi homeschooling encouraged 

The Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) has warned that the indefinite closure of learning institutions in the country as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of Coronavirus might derange learners if not construed rightly as government is being asked to help parents use ICT for homeschooling.

Benedict Kondowe: Parents have a role to teach their children in their homes

Csec executive directcor, Benedicto Kondowe has since advised parents and guardians to take a leading role to encourage their children to concentrate on their studies at home while waiting for the schools to reopen.

He said the role of parents and guardians is crucial in making sure that while the learning institutions are closed, the learners still concentrate on their studies until the situation normalizes.

“Parents have a role to teach their children in their homes, learning does not only take place at school, but they also need to practice what they are taught at school when they are home,” he said.

He further said if learners are not guided during this time, there is fear that their performance might be affected when schools reopen.

Kondowe’s emphasis was on learners expected to sit for crucial examinations.

“This means that all scheduled exams have been postponed. It does not mean they will not be administered,” he said.

He, therefore, advised all candidates expected to sit for the various examinations in the country to be on alert and maintain their readiness for the examinations.

Government is being persuaded to take the initiative to make audios of all school lessons and then the tax-funded MBC plus any willing private broadcaster  – with aid of well wishers- must be used to broadcast the same.

Malawi Institute of Education  has also been encourages to go audio and video each time new books are issued.

Commenting on the development, Clinical Psychologist Chiwoza Bandawe says it is important for learners to understand the situation at hand and to maintain a studious mood.

“It is important for the students to be aware of the situation so that they maintain a mood of schooling, studying while keeping in touch with what is happening, that is very important,” he explained.

He said it might be disheartening as some will be worried about their future in this situation but, he said, it is a challenge like any other, they must accept it.

He said the potential negative reaction to the learners could be depression, anxiety and other mental complexities.

Bandawe said in such scenarios the more the students worry, the more anxious they will become and are more likely to compromise their mental health.

“It is very important to take this challenge positively and concentrate,” he said.

President Peter Mutharika declared a State of disaster and called for immediate closure of schools across the country, as a preventative measure to the spread of Coronavirus.

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This can’t happen in the country where 95% of learners don’t even know the computer. Will parents do the work of a teacher? What if they themselves need a teacher?

I do not see the reason of closing schools as if there is one infection. What do hide from. If I were the government, I would have just close the boarders and airports. Unless if we are hiding something. Let us not fear the re-run and bring Covid-19 as escape goat.

Tadala
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Tadala

ICT for home schooling? Mwana amaphunzira pa mtengo uja ameneyu kapena awa aku st Andrews? Mulungu akulangani inu

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

Home schooling in Malawi? are you having a laugh or what? Just stop this nonsense and send the kids back to school.

Covid Mugabe
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Covid Mugabe

There are many parents in rural areas who cannot read and write and how are these going to the their children at home

KawelamA
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KawelamA

In all this, munthu wakumudzi mwamusiya Pati? Incase you are not Malawian, many do not have access to radio, TV, phones or internet. All parents are not educated to do the task of a teacher, otherwise there was no point to send them to school in the first place.

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