Malawi govt MPs celebrate K500mil cut on education budget
Legislators sitting on government side on Tuesday afternoon broke into jubilation after beating the opposition on a vote to decrease a budgetary allocation to the struggling education ministry.
Ministre of Finance Goodall Gondwe had proposed to cut the budget by K500 million from K113.8 billion to K113.7 billion.
Gondwe said the ministry does not need this money allocated from now up to June 2017.
He said this is why the government decided to reallocate the money to other ministries and government departments.
Gondwe said this in parliament where legislators are vetting mid-year national budget which has seen a surprise cut from K930 billion to K906 billion.
However, opposition MPs questioned the rationale of cutting the education ministry vote when public education system is fast collapsing.
They said public schools critically need teaching and learning materials and teachers there it a joke that the government proposed such a cut.
However, Education minister Emmanuel Fabiano assured the House all will be well after the reduction to the vote but the opposition legislators stood their ground until First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje put a vote on whether the Education budget should be reduced or not to which the government won.
The win surprised the government which has few MPs than the opposition force of Malawi Congress Party and People’s Party.
The government legislators celebrated just a day after two budgets for State Residences and Office of President were deferred as opposition MPs rejected their increase.
Our leaders are out of touch. This is dangerous.
AFTERALL KWATHU KU EASTERN REGION TILIBE NAZO NTCHITO ZA EJUKWESHONI YANUYO, MUNTHU UMADYA EJUKWESHONI? EH? KU MTL, MATHANYULA AFTER KA MTELA KA GONDOLOSI BASI KWACHA KUDANSO, KUMA GAME LIZEVU KUMPOTOKU NDIYE UKU NDIYE EH MWAWAPWETEKA.
UKU TIMATI KUCHEPETSA MIKANDA MCHIUNO!!!
Its true. Ku education nde kwachuluka cash gate. Ndalama zomwe zimaperekedwa ndi zambiri koma mukaone komwe zimathera. Umphawi mma school ukupitabe patsogolo. Ana akulipira akuti development fund. Mwana kuti amuphunzitse bwino akuti azipanga part time. Koma kaoneni kwa a Dem wa accounts akugula galimoto zodula, kumanga nyumba za pamwamba mphunzitsi akukanika chonsecho iyeyo grade yake ndi yayingono (m) kuposa mphunzitsi aliyense. Azichepetsedi chifukwa ndalamazo zimangothera mmatumba a anthu a ku office.
Hon Patricia Kaliati was a teacher herself. why can’t she school her friends that education allocation does not necessarily need a cut, but an increase. its really an insult to Malawians especially us our sons and daughters are doing school in Community Day Secondary Schools in villages. shame being a Malawian
Oh dear – everyone knows education is the route out of poverty – it’s not rocket science
I wish the government side should go out to see for themself what is actually happening on the ground. If they aré real malawians the would have to celebrate the cut. Shame on the for the celebration.
The celebration was for defeating the vocal opposition and not otherwise. Inu simukuona pamenepa?
sad but this old man from mzimba haaaaa!watondeka resign man
ana awo amaphunzira kunja ,ndalivomereza bible langa,adzakhala odzikonda.