Secretary-General for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Dr Jean Kalilani is accusing the President Joyce Banda administration of disregarding education in the country by what she says putting educational policies that are impinging on the graduates from various colleges in the country.
Addressing the students from Domasi College of Education (DCE) in the eastern city of Zomba Friday afternoon, Kalirani who was franked by deputy organizing secretary Wictor Nsongazaudzu Sajeni, said it is sad that the government is refusing to post the Domasi graduates in secondary schools and other higher learning centers as per their qualifications.
Kalilani added that all graduates from Domasi and other educational institutions will be allocated into their respective places of work without subjecting them to interviews as is the case with the PP led government.
“This government has nothing to do with education but once we return into government in May, we shall make sure that all the six Teacher Training Colleges we planned to construct should be constructed,” she said.
She therefore encouraged the students to continue supporting the DPP so as to claim victory in the coming tripartite elections.
Kalirani, former health minister, donated cash and other party regalia as a starter pack for the DDP wing.
Overwhelmed by this development, DPP’s DCE wing chairperson Frank Sumani asked the party officials to continue visiting the students to provide input on how the party should include in its plans when selling its presidential candidate professor Peter Mutharika.
“There are a number of issues and complaints which the PP government has subjected us to. You may recall recently we petitioned the ministry of education over dehumanizing conditions which we feel are infringing on our rights as teachers,” he said.
About 500 students from the college are expected to graduate on February 22, 2014 and the expectation is that president Banda will attend the ceremony.
However, last year’s graduation ceremony was presided over by the then minister of education late Eunice Kazembe, a development that angered the graduates.