Education expert faults ministry on secondary school second selection: Girls disadvantaged

An education expert, Limbani Eliya Nsapato, has faulted the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology following its release of a second selection list of pupils to various secondary schools across the country, saying it has disadvantaged the girl child.

Nsapato: Merit principle has disadvantaged the girls

Nsapato, who is team leader for Edukans International (Malawi Branch), has since hastened to advise that  there is “need” for stakeholders to engage on “our selection policies to make them work for disadvantaged groups.”

Last week, the Ministry of Education announced a selection of 17 831  out of whom 125 have been selected to national secondary schools, 3 105 to conventional secondary schools and 14 381 to community day secondary schools.

A statement signed by the Minister Dr William Susuwele Banda, which Nyasa Times has seen, indicates that the “merit principle” was used in the selection process.

But while Nsapato applauded the Ministry for ensuring the merit principle, he said a closer analysis at regional level shows that only the merit principle has worked “to a big disadvantage of students from the central region in national secondary school selection.”

Said Nsapato: “Analysis shows that out of the 125 students selected 29 students (23.2%) are from the North, 17 ((13.6%) from the centre and 79 (63.2%) from the south.

“The first selection showed that 1893 students were selected comprising 267 (14.1%) from the North, 782 (41.3%) from the centre and 844 (44.5%) from the South. A comparative analysis shows that North has gained by +9.1%, while South has gained by +18.7%, but centre has lost by -27.7%. This would imply that the best winner of merit principle is South while the loser is the centre.

“When the three principles had been applied (merit, proximity, economic) centre had the second highest percentage of those selected.”

Nsapato continued: “In terms of gender, boys selection rate of 56.8% is 13% higher than that of girls (43.2%). This is 13% farther from gender parity in selection. In contrast, the first selection had 50.1% boys and 49.9% girls, which was just 0.8% farther from gender parity, indeed 946 girls were selected versus 947 boys, a difference of only 1.

“This means that the pure merit principle has disadvantaged the girls and have set back the gains made to move towards gender parity.”

Nsapato further added that economically speaking, the merit principle has worked to the great disadvantage of girls from rural areas.

“Data shows that 46% (25 out of 54) of those selected have come from four (30%) out of thirteen districts that have sent girls to national secondary schools. The four are Blantyre city, Zomba city (1), Lilongwe city (7) and Mzuzu city (11).

“On the part of boys 64 of those selected (71) are from three of the eight districts that have sponsored boys to national secondary schools. The districts are Phalombe (42), Mulanje (12) and Chikwawa (6). Urban districts have done poorly in the selection process,” he said.

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Nyapapi wa kwa Nsundwe
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Nyapapi wa kwa Nsundwe

I still don’t understand people from other region, had it been karonga , Rumphi or mzimba has done well , mawu sakanakhalapo ,, mukanangoti zayenda bwino ,,musiye mtima woipawo omangofuna zabwino zikhale zanu ….. Let’s accept that phalombe district inakhozetsa bwino in just ended primary examinations …..

Atumbuka tisiye moyo woipawo omangofuna zabwino zikhale zanu

Nzika
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Nzika

Chomwe amadziwa Limbani Nsapato ndi kugulitsa ma phone ndi Airtime ku Tnm basi! Education expert wakuti?

angoni apaphata
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angoni apaphata

Nanga magalasiwonso bwanji amtchona?

Mnyamata wa nzeru
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Mnyamata wa nzeru

Limbani Nsapato has never been an education expert, is not an education expert and will never be an education expert. The guy is just a pathetic DPP bootlicker masquerading as an education expert. If you read through his arguments and compare them to Dr Sharra’s logical arguments on education, you will literally see how shallow and petty this boy is. A complete waste of space!!!!

Suleman`s brother
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Suleman`s brother

Central koma gule wankulu basi not education. I have been staying in central region since 1979 and i know what i am talking about. South will really be cashing on this merit approach. Frankly speaking Phalombe is doing very well. It has been number one in highest pass rate for PSLCE in Malawi for 7 consecutive years. I am not surprised to see 42 students selected to National secondary schools in second selection.

Mafulufute
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Mafulufute

Dont waste your time with the analysis. We know what you people are up to. Politicising everything including children education. Useless bastards

Malemia
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Malemia

When has the cadet Limbani Shapato become an education expert?

Benjamin Kabinda Sakala
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Benjamin Kabinda Sakala

Too much discrimination u left those who doing well u taking ur family members,look now MP failing to speak English but she went to university in Malawi,check ur way u killing Malawians goals

kanchenga
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kanchenga

You should have given yourself as an example because even your language is bad too.

Chiswa B
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Chiswa B

I guess your English shows you r a beneficiary of this system

Maunits
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Maunits

What will this report bhelp the country if the nation already know that dpp is putting agenda to let down central region as far as education is concerned. There is no merit on this GOD is watching and soon we receive answers. You do not punish learners that way no no no . You do not know libala chani.

vavlov
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vavlov

Regionalism shouldn’t be criteria for selecting students to secondary schools or universities. All of a sudden because the president comes from Thyolo, lots of students are being selected from there and the Lomwe belt. Is this merit-based? Judge for yourselves.

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