Education activist questions govt decision to grant  Covid waiver to Kamuzu Academy only

Executive director of the Civil Society Coalition on Quality Basic Education (CSCQBE), Benedicto Kondowe has questioned government decision to grant a waiver only to Kamuzu Academy and final year nursing students to remain in schools until they take their end of program examinations.

Civil Society Education Coalition, Executive Director Benedicto Kondowe making his contribution-Photo Arkangel Tembo, Mana

Kondowe said in the same circumstances ought to have been given the same treatment.

“If the Kamuzu Academy grounds are at all viable would it have made sense to allow all students who were due for examinations regardless of wether they are administered outside Malawi or within Malawi,” said Kondowe.

He said this will defeat the purpose of giving certain students the preferential consideration.

Kondowe said in an ideal case, all students and disciplines in the same circumstances ought to have been given the same treatment.

“Whilst appreciating that  some schools managed foreign- based sanctioned examinations, the situation does not alter the context that the students are resident in Malawi where all education institutions have been closed on account of Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

He however, asked government to  re-examine its decisions and consider a situation that can be applicable to the majority, without creating any more divides and confusion.

“It has already been suggested that  closures would be less disruptive  if done demographically such as in the most impact areas and low-stake grades rather than a single incident to close all schools across the country,” he said.

Kondowe also said, “We solidly share the views by the majority that the chaotic opening and closing of education institutions throughout this early part of the  year is likely to yield damaging effects to children’s welfare with disastrous repercussions to the  education sector.

“Therefore, the Tonse Administration needs to be thinking forward on how to recover the sector. Thus, all decisions  should be based evidence and  consultation. We believe that  through evidence and consultation,  government can lead with greater  hope and optimism. It can ignite our  collective resolve for a prospering  and competitive education system  that works for everyone, especially  the marginalized groups.”

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Zio ine
Zio ine
5 months ago

The issue here is Kamuzu academy has children of the VP and grand children of chakwera. This chakwera thing is the most boring bastard

Koka
Koka
5 months ago

Simple reason for granting a waiver is that ana awo ma politicians olemera amaphunzira konko. Ife otuwa ana athu ali muma schools ovutika tinatuwa

Wakwiya ndi kadeti
5 months ago

Risk assessment is very important before coming up with a decision. Which age group is mostly affected by Covid-19? It is the old and those with underlying factors. Look at is happening in UK for example. Those being given a jab are the old. They are doing it in stages. Now here we are closing schools and yet the pupils will be the last group to be given the vaccine aka jab. All boarding schools were safe because the pupils were locked down. There was no need to bring them back into the covid-19 environment.

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
Anzelu ndi Anzelu
5 months ago

There is no smoke without fire. Anything is possible with this useless Tonse/Tokha/Nunkha Alliance. Crocodiles are back with a bite. Considering the statement made by the Chefo about Chewalising the civil service, it is gives credence to these rumours that MDF is also being Chewalised and MCPi-mised.

Dausee
Dausee
5 months ago

They requested government and were granted. Kalibu academy went to court and were granted. Iwe ungolubwalubwa kwa ma reporter. Nonsense!

Mpakateni
5 months ago

The Ministry of Education is slowly revealing weak leadership.One may not really be up for the job.

Mikoko
5 months ago

Chakwera closes schools and yet he allows congested markets to operate without limit and bars to open for a whopping 6 hours. Is Chakwera not aware that it is a lot easier to manage College, Secondary and senior primary school students than to control bars? If bars can be allowed to open for 6 hours +, what can stop College and secondary school students from attending classes? What special thing is Kamuzu Academy able to do which can not be done by others? Koma mmbusa uyu atithandiza? Eish upulezidenti ogula kukhothi sizinthu shuwa.

Wakwiya ndi kadeti
5 months ago
Reply to  Mikoko

Ma kadet mitu sikoka olo pang’ono. The president is being advised by the Task Force which includes Kondwani Nankhumwa. These are the people wrongly advising the president. Yes you allow bars to open for 6 hours. Can the Task Force member Khumbize Kandodo who drinks heavily tell us if it is possible to drink with a mask on? Oledzera ndi wa misala sasiyana and zoti kuli social distance sazidziwa. Blame it on the advisors.

Edward
Edward
5 months ago

Ati poti inali ya kamuzu zopusa nde tonse alliance imeneyo komaso kalibu nayo inapita ku court nde kuti aziphunzira komwe kuli ana anu basi

PelomaPepe
PelomaPepe
5 months ago

Eeeee koma tiona zinthu ku Malawi ndithu.

Limma
Limma
5 months ago

Eeeh it’s never rains for our governments, it pours!

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