Malawi Congress Party (MCP) lawmaker Alekeni Menyani has bemoaned declining education standards in the country, saying the executive need to live and breathe the services that they expect the public to use.
Menyani said it outrageous for DPP ministers to understand the need to improve the education standards as their kids don’t use the public education institutions that they expect the general public to use.
“At the time I went to primary school, we used to go to government schools besides the job your father, mother or guardian had. Sons and daughters of cabinet ministers were in public schools.
“Sons and daughters of Members of Parliament were in government schools. Sons of whoever in society, were in government schools together with everyone else. But today, if there is a Minister amongst you who has a child in a public school, I am ready to quit being Member of Parliament because that is not possible,” Menyani said in Parliament.
“This is why we do not care about where children of other people are going. We are the leaders and we ought to care,” he added.
“The future for our children is bleak. Even if your children go to the best of schools such as Saint Andrews International Schools, they will live right here in Malawi.
“What about these others that we have left for fate to deal with. They are the armed robbers that we see every day in town,” said Menyani, also a youth advocate.
However, Leader of the House Francis Kasaila accused Menyani of being out of order “because in his insinuation it seems he is looking at Ministers as the only people that are sending their children to high schools.”
Kasaila said: “I would like him to ask a similar question even to the Leader of Opposition [Lazarus Chakwera] as to whether he has sent his children to a government primary school.”
In his response, Menyani who is MCP Member of Parliament for Dedza North west said: “Actually, I went to school with Nick Chakwera. I went to a public school and Nick was in a public school. We were together. “
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