Malawi government has dismissed reports that through the Ministry of Education it has regulated and authorised putting on of Hijabs to children who are of Islamic Religion as well as allowing Rastafarian children in public school institutions in the country.
This follows circulation of a letter on the same through the social media.
The author of the letter addressed to all Education Division Managers, District Education Managers, Teachers Training Schools among others is not yet known but it bears the name of Dr. Ken Ndala, Secretary for Education, Science and Technology.
According to Deputy Director of Inspection and Advisory Services in the Ministry of Education Lindiwe Chide, the letter is fake.
However, Chide in an interview with a local radio on Monday said there have been continued discussions with relevant stakeholders on whether to allow children with dreadlocks in public schools as well as those of Islamic Religion to put on Hijabs.
Chide emphasized that all the letters from ministries bears a signature which is not the case with the letter in question.
According to the ‘Fake’ letter which Nyasa Times has seen, it is a constitutional right to every Malawian to access education as well as freedom of conscience, Religion and thoughts as provided on Section 20 and 23 or the Republic of Malawi.
Section 4 of the Education Act (2013) clearly states that it shall be the duty of the Ministry of Education to promote education for all irrespectively of race, ethinicty, gender, disability and any