Fabiano branded ‘quota’ architect: Malawi Education Minister gets MP Mkandawire’s attack

Minister of Education, Science and Technology Emmanuel Fabiano has been accused as the one behind the introduction of   a controversial quota system deemed discriminatory by students.

The system, which involves students being selected into public universities on the basis of district or region rather than straight merit, was outlawed by the judiciary but reintroduced under the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rule.

The district quota system was first introduced by the late dictator Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in 1988. But it was abandoned following a 1993 court ruling to the effect that it was discriminatory and in violation of the fundamental right of Malawian citizens to equitable development through equal opportunities to access higher education, regardless of one’s district or region of origin or ethnicity.

Minister of Education, Emmanuel Fabiano

Minister of Education, Emmanuel Fabiano

However, the DPP reintroduced the system.

When Fabiano presented a ministerial statement in parliament on the selection of students to government secondary schools, he was attacked by Mzimba West parliamentarian Harry Mkandawire who said the minister was behind the reintroduction of the controversial system.

Fabiano’s report was aimed at clarifying how candidates are selected to secondary schools following a query from Northern Region members of Parliament (MPs) on why Nkhata Bay Secondary School had no students from the North.

Mkandawire asked if Fabiano was aware that the quota system was outlawed by the Supreme Court.

Mzimba West parliamentarian, who was expelled from DPP when he openly criticised former late president Bingu wa Mutharika, also claimed the Cabinet of the former DPP-led government did not approve the quota system, “but people like Fabiano misled them”.

Fabiano did not engage Mkandawire into arguments over his claims.

But Chiradzulu East MP Henry Mussa stood on a point of order asking Mkandawire “to substantiate those claims or withdraw the remarks.”

Speaker Richard Msowoya did not sustain the point of order, saying Fabiano should have been the one to complain.

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Mwembe
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The whole Malawi knows about people from the north. They are worried about their educational abilities. So stupid idiots write out of ignorance or they deliberately turn a blind eye to this fact and write no sense. Efforts to oppress the northerners are clearly seen. The government must just build more institutions in the country not just the south. Give the north 2 university and you will see the quality of those universities. 2 in the centre and 2 in the south. Stop making noise but act on my tips.

Kalanga
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I do agree with # 31. Some pple just comment to frustrate other tribes! Bt nyasatimes do u c these comments!

Remember every tribe has wknesses. I have stayed much of my time in the south as well as the centre for the past 11 yrs and I know how pple behave! There4 to call one another stupid is unjustifiable plz!

Mc Chigubu
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I just do not know why people from the north are so stupid, what’s wrong with Quota System? If you northerners were brainy enough you would have already advised Livingstonia Synod to stop the stupidity of building churches in Nkhoma Synod territory. However it smz like you are ok with it so as we from the central & the South are with Quota System. So you northerners can go to any nearest hell, pathako panu!

Ad Phiri
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People are choosing to mislead themselves. In the quota system, students are not selected based on district. Rather district of origin is one of the factors that are taken into consideration, including academic merit. How come students from the North are also selected? Do they get selected because of district of origin or they are selected in merit. Granted, students from the other regions do not get very good points. And this is a problem that needs also to be sorted. We may also be true to justice if we paid attention to MZUNI, MUST and Luanar and see what… Read more »
Lomwepachakutipanu
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Chi Fabianocho, nkhope ngati kumaliseche. Chili kumudzi bwenzi atachigwira ufiti kalekale, pamtumbo panu fotseki

Lomwepachakutipanu
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Thubwelunwe I you are an imbecile. You wont miss northerners really? Who will be employing you then? Because 60% of you Lomwes are in farms in northern region. Ntchito yanu u tenant in tobacco farms basi, kudyz zimbewa zamagazi ali chuchuchu. Vianthu va utchisi ngati inu ana mbwee opanda zovala. Manyazi mulibe!!! Ndili ndi chimunthu changa chi househelp from Mulanje ndimachizunzadi but still refusing to go kwawo because has no choice.

HONESTY
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Good communication is vital in any society around the glob. See how people are presenting themselves!

Constructive debates( arguments ) require understanding of the matter under discussion. Ena akungotukwana kuli kusonyeza umbuli ndi kusamvetsetsa nkhani zikukambidwazo. Bwanji tidziyamba tamva kuti munthu akutinji ndiye tidziyankhila, mmalo mongoyankha mothamanga nkhani isanafike ku medula oblangata. NDIMBWELERA BASI zokambidwa pamenepo , nothing else!

wa ku Boma
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By 2017 all government secondary schools in the north will be flooded by students from the southern tip of Malawi. I suggest the north should have its own examination board

Kapenandiye
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Its true that there was Mzuzu corner, can u dispute that? Ana Anjoka Inu. So wakuba nayenso akaberedwa amabangula kwambiri kuona ngati kuti nzakeyo ndiwolakwa kwambiri koma iyeyo ndiye wabwino. By the way ur dilly darling, ana a Israel atatopa ndi Pharao anachoka usiku ndikumapita kwawo. Do the same its time for passover. Kapena mukusowa ndi Mose. Ingonyamukani basi musanamizile kuti mukukakamiridwa. Mutere,muzanyanyamuke pa 3 december nthawi ya 11pm amene ali kumwera adzere ku Mozambique mpaka ku Zambia Kumene Akakumane Ndi ndi apa centre omwe azangambe pa mchinji chabe apo basi ulendo wa ku mpoto. Bwanji pamenepo. Mungoti fwifwifwi apa… Read more »
Kabwiro
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Harry Mkandawire uyu ndiwachabechabe amachotsa anthu ku ma Water Board as chairman chifukwa cha mtundu wa munthu akufuna kunena chani apa. Self centered person.

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