Malawi abolishes Secondary School  tuition fees:  ‘Full free education by Jan 2019’

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) announced on Tuesday that  government has abolished fees in public secondary schools  which is currently at K500 per studentwith immediate effect.

Education Minister Bright Msaka: Free secondary school education in public schools confirmed

Minister of Education Bright Msaka said at at anew  conference in Lilongwe that the tuition fees have been abolished with immediate effect but the general purpose fund and the text book fund will be abolished effect January 1, 2019.

Msaka said President  Peter Mutharika  being a global champion of education wishes to give all the children of Malawi the opportunity to access secondary education.

“Through government the President is removing all barriers that impede our children from accessing secondary education,” he said.

Msaka said with the removal of the fees, government will not collect any monetary contributions from students.

“As regards examination fees that is collected by Malawi National Examination Board (MANEB), I wish to inform you that it will continue to be collected from all candidates,” explained the Minister of Education.

Msaka said boarding fees remain payable by all borders to cater for food and other expenses associated with the residents of the school.

“I am happy to report therefore that in doing this His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika is also answering to sustainable Development Goals 4.1 which seeks to ensure among other things, that children from deprived homes have access to education,” he said.

However, he pointed out that  from time to time, communities identify some projects for schools and they need contributions from the people.

“For example, they want to sink a borehole worth K60 000, t hey are allowed to collect the contributions. But these contributions should stop after the project,” he said.

He said government encourages such local participation and the schools may collect from the parents an amount needed by the school according to the guidelines set by the Ministry.

The minister, however urged communities to utilize constituency development fund, local development fund and the district development fund for school projects instead of forcing communities make contributions.

Msaka said poor parents should not be overburdened with projects that can be resourced from the Districts.

He  also said all needy students who cannot afford boarding fees should go to their nearest district education office which will allocate them places in community day secondary schools.

However, some education experts say the move to abolish the fees in secondary schools is a recipe for low standard of education in secondary schools.

Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) executive director Benedicto Kondowe warned against the move by government, saying government should have consulted first before making the announcement.

There are concerns that education standards in primary schools remain the lowest in the Sadc after government decision to abolish fees in 1994.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is facing a contentious election in 2019 following the emergence of the United Transformation Movement (UTM) which has changed the political landscape.

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Bwampini
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Bwampini

how much is the total cost anyway?? but the whole minister n full press conference just a MK500?? shame on u!!

Gertrude
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Gertrude

We are in deep shit with this DPP government,……

Apumbwa
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Apumbwa

Great job SKC and UTM you have thrown DPP into a panic frenzy now they are making decisions that don’t even make sense 😀😀😀

Tsogolo Langa
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Tsogolo Langa

Ayayayayaya, so some fool just woke up from a deep slumber this morning and thought that this is a real bright idea without thinking about what implications this is going to have??????? These people need to go before we find ourselves in a total mess!!!!!

Ndatopa
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Ndatopa

Too little too late! , so this government just makes policies out of no where???? Shouldn’t this have been discussed in Parliament and approved by our representatives???? Is this a campaign gimmick???? How desperate are you fools????

mtete
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mtete

Join the discussion…Was this landmark move budgeted for? Just watch the educational system sliding down. Some tribes in the country don’t care a hoot whether they get educated or not. Their preoccupation is nothing else but thievery and plunder.

Galamukani
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Galamukani

DPP is playing a psychological game of fanta @ 5:99.99 vs 6.00 marketing gemics. The tuition fee for secondary school is very small (about 5000_7000), & other costs removed total less than 8000 yet they have left boarding fee which is almost 90% of total fee. I don’t see any impacts except in CDSS where students don’t pay boarding fee. Same mouthpiece policy. Do the calculations.

Maps
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Maps

I can forsee some schools failing to administer end of term examinations.

Achiswe
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A great idea in principle, but where is the government getting the funds from to replace these school fees? Very soon we will he hearing that secondary school teachers have not been paid at the end of the month. Something will have to give in order to accommodate this change of policy. Perhaps the DPP government is going to play straight and stop all the corruption. What do you think?

Kandulu
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Kandulu

I used to respecially Bright Msaka, not any more. I can’t believe he has sink this low. Secondary schools are not free at all. They are only giving a discount of MK 500. 00 per student. What is MK500.00 this days? This is a fact. AMP is being betrayed by his own people. Unbelievable DDP rubbish.

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