Fury over Kalibu Academy director’s rude, sexist letter to parents

Kalibu Academy director and owner Michael Howard has come under fire from parents and guardians after he wrote a letter which has since been described as condescending, insolent and chauvinistic.

In a May 9 letter to parents, Howard noted that there hasbeen so much vocal criticism on social media against Kalibu Academy from certain parents regarding the fees structure.

“I can say the following:1. Of all the critics not one has contacted the Academy before verbalizing on the social media. There are proper channels for solving legitimate grievances. The court of public opinion will not move the leadership of Kalibu Academy. Such behavior is not the way to deal with issues and is actually immoral.

“Those parents who have most to say are often those parents who have not paid fees up to date.Remember parents, you are passing through and we remain.School rules are school rules. Every parent signs the list of school rules. You cannot then start complaining against the school and seeking to dismantle the rules to suit yourself or your kid,” his letter reads in part.

Howard further claimed that the elite grammar school is owed over K60 million by delinquent parents, many of who appear on social media complaining about the academy.

“I think it would be very fair for me to publicize the names and amounts that delinquent parents owe,” he said.

The school head also noted that he is amazed how faithful and honourable single mothers are especially in the payment of fees.

“Well done to single mothers. Your burdens are heavy, I know, but you are really faithful. Thank you as well as thank you to the parents who do pay on time and who do not oppose everything we are doing at Kalibu Academy in the best interests of your son/daughter,” he wrote.

But commentators have hit back at the tone of the letter, accusing the controversial church pastor of being sexist, confrontational and rude.

In a Facebook post, writer and social commentator Idriss Ali Nassah noted: “You can bet on this:Kamuzu Academy or Saint Andrew’s would never write to parents/guardians in such a rude, arrogant, unprofessional, patronizing and condescending manner. KA and Saints are owed large sums of money, too. The difference is that Saints and KA have class. Kalibu has a bully who, in all probability, writes letters to parents when high on some illicit substance.

“If this is how parents are spoken to, imagine what the students there go through at the hands of this person. It must be terrifying! Parents must unite and confront this bully,” he wrote.

A parent who has a ward at Kalibu Academy noted that the problem as arisen because the school has no Parents Teachers Association (PTA) where such issues can be addressed.

“In late 2018 we wrote them that letter asking for the formation a PTA. That was our attempt to create a proper parent teacher platform after observing so many issues that needed out attention.

“Kalibu never responded to that letter from us. We sent reminder emails, no response. We personally went there and met pastors Mavutula and Howard. They indicated PTA is not desirable at Kalibu but they promised to respond to the letter but never did until now,” said the parent.

Howard is never shy of controversy.

He was I the news five years ago after former students accused him of sexually molesting them.

Information sourced on several online newspapers and reports says an on-going investigation into the life and ministry of Michael Thomas Howard reveal a sordid and disturbing history of homosexuality, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse, misappropriation of ministry funds, bank fraud and deception.

One American victim, Brian Culwell, who personally donated several hundred thousand US dollars to the school, has launched an independent inquiry and investigation into these abuses among others.  He has since published a website for victims at: https://michaelthomashoward.org/

There are credible and first-hand accounts and corroborating evidence which clearly reveal that Howard committed homosexual misconduct against numerous former students, missionaries and employees of the academy.

“Regrettably, the school did not report misconduct by Howard to any government ministers on this continued gay act by the director. It is clear that Michael [Howard] paid a lot of money to some officials who were aware of gay issues and victims and requested the allegations to die silently,” said one source close to the administration.

According to reports, students at the school are brutally beaten with rods of hardwood, such as blackwood, even though such corporal punishment is illegal in Malawi.

Many of them, when they leave the school, no longer believe in God because the version of God shown to them is “Awful,” and many alumni have joined support groups of former students online in order to support each other after “surviving” the nightmare of Kalibu.

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Dzungu
Dzungu
9 months ago

When an African fails, he wants to find someone to blame for his/her faiture. Blame shifting is for the weak. While I agree with Kalibu failure to communicate professionally, I would not condone this manner of correcting the wrong. Those that have not been able to pay school fees should not start tarnishing the image of the school that those of us who painfully paid school fees cherish. There is a number of cheaper schools like Astikana Paulendo, Chisapi and Maranatha that you can transfer your kids to.

Najere
Najere
9 months ago

Ngati nkhani zonsezi zili zowona, y not just pull out ur children to another xul? It is certainly not the only better xul around. If u r still keeping ur child there and just resorting to media outbursts, theres certainly more than meets the eye. Maybe yavutadi mdi fees’yo

Rendsnts
Rendsnts
9 months ago
Reply to  Najere

Vuto ndi makolo because most of them don’t ever see the bad side all they see is that the school is Christian some parents send their children there out of not wanting to be bothered

Truth Seeker
Truth Seeker
9 months ago

If one wondered what one of the stumbling blocks to Malawi developing is, they would just have to come read the comments section on this article. It is clear many are happy to dance to the tune of the white abuser because they think that will make them look “rich,” “intelligent,” “ozitsata.”
People happily accepting the yoke of neo-colonialism. Shaking my damn head.

Mikhatheya
Mikhatheya
9 months ago

Please stop abusing the social media. We are not going to sympathize with you. Fulfil your responsibility by paying school fees in time. Nobody forced you to send your kids there. Some of us, our children are in government schools because we can’t afford Kalibu Academy fees.

ndadabwa
9 months ago

pitani kalipireni fees. mumatumiza ana ku xul zomwe simungathe kulipira fees. matama mufa nawo.

Khalifa
Khalifa
9 months ago

Anthu achuma kulephera kulipira fees. Hedee ulu!!

AtlantaGA
9 months ago

Just go pay the fees. Amalawi tazolowera protesting everything. If you cant afford, don’t send your kids there. If the school is gay, take your kids out.

MASO ENA
MASO ENA
9 months ago
Reply to  AtlantaGA

Just go and withdraw your Kid, People like Atalanta GA don’t know how to deal with new generation of colonialists, still leeking their ‘ass”’

AtlantaGA
9 months ago
Reply to  MASO ENA

You have every right to be in denial about the truth that we live in a white mans world. However, fact remains they have the best schools on the planet and if you want your kid to standout or become something you send them there. If you cant afford the fees, send your kids to government schools, they are free. People have also made it from those schools. if you want your kids to say “agene-siti (against) or Klo-vesi (clothes)” its fine palibe amalesa. We have many accomplished Malawians who are like this. Just don’t ruin it for everyone else… Read more »

Manyu
Manyu
9 months ago

Mutalephera kulipira fees mwati mubweretse nkhani za 5 years ago? Nthawi yonseyi munali kuti? Chamba eti

Bina
9 months ago

On a second thought, there are a couple of issues that need to be pointed out: (1) Malawians have an opportunity to improve their financial integrity and financial literacy.Most families that send their children did not just wake up one morning being requested for fees.They knew all along this fees issue was going to come.They should have planned better so that fees is paid on time. (2) Most Malawians don’t have the decency of calling the Headmaster and telling him that due to economic times, they may not pay on time.Then negotiate with him for a definitive date when they… Read more »

janet
janet
9 months ago

Chotsani mwanayo tiyeni tikamulowetse school zaboma free of charge, siyani matama kumangotisokosera mu line umu kuti mwana wanga ali ku Academy, ndizimenezo

Mtete
Mtete
9 months ago
Reply to  janet

Agreed. Too much pretence by some Malawians.

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