Education Minister Msaka says Mbayani to have three new primary schools

Minister of Education Science and Technology, Bright Msaka, has said three more primary schools will be constructed in populous Mbayani township in Blantyre to decongest Mbayani One Primary School.

Minister of Education Bright Msaka who visited Mbayani LEA primary school

Speaking after touring Mbayani One Primary School which has 10,00 learners and 74 teachers representing a teacher-pupil ratio of 1:126 against the recommended ratio of 1:60,  Msaka said it was appalling to note  the congestion.

Msaka said the large number of learners is a draw back to the promotion of quality education in the country as teachers are overwhelmed and pupils’ monitoring and assessment becomes a challenge.

“In the case of Mbayani Township, the ministry plans to construct three additional primary schools that will be within the same locality. This will mean that the schools will be accessible to school-going children and that pupils will be learning in conducive environment.

“All these efforts are done so as to achieve optimum number of teacher to learner ratio which is 1:70 so that teachers will be able to give adequate attention to learners, hence improving quality of education in Malawi,” Msaka added.

Msaka said his ministry already set to start constructing three other primary schools at Likhubula and at Chapima Heights in the area.

The minister also disclosed that the ministry would also recruit additional 6000 teachers to help achieve optimal teacher to pupil ratio.

In his remarks, Head teacher of Mbayani Primary School, Joe Magombo said the school continued to face challenges ranging from inadequate classroom blocks to teachers, a development which affects teaching and learning activities at the school.

Later, the minister also toured Blantyre Secondary School to appreciate how teaching and learning activities were being conducted at the school.

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6 years ago

Good start Honourable Minister but please build modern schools osakhala ma kalasi ngati amake dzana. These kids are living in 21st century and 4th industrial revolution is on the way already. Please prepare them for the next world so that they become functional citizens and not beggars for life.

6 years ago

Three more primary schools in Mbayani only!! 6000 additional teachers? Is this to be done by within the remaining 14 months or by the next government?

Chonde lets learn to be sincere……………………and resist from making false promises!

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