Machinga Development Association against relocation of studentsas Malawi govt selects 120 to an incomplete school

Machinga Development Association (MADAS) has written to Malawi Government strongly demanding that its Ministry of Education Science and Technology should not relocate the 120 students who were selected to start their Form One at Machinga Boarding Secondary School for the 2018/19 academic year,  whose construction is not complete, to various community secondary schools (CDSSs) across the district.

Part of the incomplete school structures

Instead MADAS says the student should be relocated to similar or better grade schools within the South Eastern  Education Division or that Machinga Teachers Training College be temporarily closed down in order to use the facilities to house Machinga Secondary School until after the construction project of the District Secondary School is completed as per their request made on 27 February 2018

“The decision taken by your Ministry to relocate students is unfair, unjust and a violation of these young students’ rights to quality education,” says the letter signed by chairperson Dr. Bridon M’baya and general secretary Rabson Assam.

“We make this request to ensure that our district also enjoys a fair and just share of national development by having properly educated young men and women. You may wish to know that despite having a population of more than 500,000, Machinga District does not have a government boarding secondary school and this puts our leaners at a disadvantage when competing with those from other districts with better resourced education facilities.

“We request your Ministry to address this issue within the next two weeks failing which we will mobilize the people of Machinga to demand quality education by way of legal

action or mass protests,” the letter says.

MADAS further says those students selected to pursue their studies at a Boarding District Secondary School were graded on the tier of district secondary schools and had all the hope that the education they would receive at a district boarding secondary school could accord them with the opportunity to compete for the limited spaces in public universities of Malawi.

“Downgrading them to CDSSes, where the quality of education is low, is being unfair and unjust to them and the people of the district. The quality of education in CDSSes is low as these schools are characterized by lack of teaching and learning materials; inadequate numbers of qualified teachers and improper lodging facilities for students selected from villages far away from the schools.”

MADAS contends that the construction of Machinga District Boarding Secondary School commenced in 2013 and almost every year, resources have been allocated to this project and yet five years down the line, the project has not yet been completed.

“MADAS finds this as lack of commitment to address the overdue injustice which the people of Machinga have been subjected to,” concludes the letter to the Ministry copied to Education Division Manager, Eastern Region, District Education Manager, Machinga, District Council Education Committee, Machinga, Civil Society Coalition for Education, Malawi Human Rights Commission and media houses.

Quality education advocate Dr Steve Sharra described government’s handling of the education sector as “problematic”.

“The bigger picture is that cases of this nature only demonstrate the inefficiency and lack of seriousness within the establishment. This does not only demoralise the students but ultimately disturbs them,” said Sharra in quotes reported by The Nation.

Sharra noted that already, Malawi has a big mismatch between primary and secondary school enrolment.

 

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Bristone Mabichi
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Bristone Mabichi

MADAS, thank you for the stand taken. At least am seeing a wake up call. We vote them into power as servants but when they get there they think our back yard is for their junk. MADAS, am in solidarity, 2013 and now Ida Chilembwe has only been done within months. Malawi Dzuka!!

Namalomba Fredrick
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Namalomba Fredrick

Vuto lake anthu aku Machinga a DPP amakupezelerani chifukwa amadziwa kuti mumasapota Bakili Muluzi yemwe amafuna kuti zakubanja kwake kokha ziziyenda. Mutayeni chaka chamawa muvotere Chakwera muone mmene mudzasinthire. Zachitika apa ndichipongwe chenicheni chonsecho kuli Bright Msaka ndi Atupele ku boma.

Mchawa okwiya
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Mchawa okwiya

Chionsecho Machinga iri ndi ma Minister awiri mu Cabinet koma zitikuko zingopita ku Chiradzulu. Fabiano ali Minister of Education anachotsa ndalama from this project to construct Thumbwe CDSS ku constituency kwa make Henry Mussa. Useless DPP government!!!

chaione wawo
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Aida Chilembwe Technical college yoyamba pompano yatha coz ili ku CZ ku Mulakho. Machinga secondary school yoyamba 2013 sinathe poti sikumulakho

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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Hlabezulu Ngonoonda

1. Ministry of Education should strongly convey the message that the relocation of the students is merely a temporary measure. The students should just report to those community day secondary schools. The concern over quality is correct but for the sake of attaining education, let the students go to those community day secondary schools. After all, students from these schools also perform better judging by the number of students selected to various public universities. Once the boarding school construction is complete, the students should be told to report to their secondary school as per selection list. Closing the teachers’ college… Read more »

chaione wawo
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I agree with you on the second point but not the first. Closing the college is not an option but surely 120 students can be distributed to good schools in the region or even at country level. The unfairness against Machinga students should not continue. Why should the district have no district secondary school to this day?

Duduzane
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Sukulu kungokhala ngati chootchera today. Development imeneyo

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