Malawi govt sets up committee to probe students performance in public schools

Government says it is setting up a special committee to investigate reports of poor performance of students in public schools.

Minister of Education Agnes NyaLonje says her ministry is reviewing selection policies to all levels of education institutions to ensure they are based on merit and performance.

Minister of Education Agnes Nyalonje said the committee will be formed “soon.”

This follows an outcry by the general public that Malawi’s Education system lost standards long time back as compared to education standards during the one party era.

Nyalonje said the committee will look into how the education standards can be improved in the country.

According to Nyalonje, the committee will also review the form one selection which is currently being questioned by many.

NyaLonje said her ministry will work hard to ensure that the selection policies and processes gain the trust and confidence of all stakeholders.

She said: “The recent decision by the Ombudsman to investigate and audit the selection of 2 000 PSLCE [Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education] graduates to Form One will contribute to this reform area.”

In January this year, the ministry stated that the Ombudsman’s office would launch an independent investigation following concerns surrounding the selection process of the PSLCE examination.

NyaLonje said to improve the country’s education quality, the ministry will professionalise early childhood development (ECD), further outlining plans on how to achieve such.

She added that the ministry will promote evidence-informed policy and decision-making, strengthen school and teacher training college governance and management through establishment of local boards and enhance teacher welfare and development, amongcontribution to the country’s development.

“Each and every MP should take an interest in the education of the girl child and ensure that children go to school,” she said.

NyaLonje said transforming the country’s education system is a journey which everyone must participate, adding that there is need to prioritise investment in areas of greatest need so that the most disadvantaged children and youths get a fair chance in life.

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Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
2 years ago

Why this probing committee when facts are already there? This is just another way of wasting tax payers money through allowances

Compromised Lazaro
2 years ago

Do we really need a research on what causes poor performance in public schools? Really? Don’t we have obvious answers to this? Please just give those monies to our teachers instead of giving hefty allowances to this useless Committee of yours. Fwetseke!!!

2 years ago

Teach in learners’ first language. This is proven to be superior for improved educational outcomes.

James Phiri
James Phiri
2 years ago

Children are the country’s future and an educated person with integrity is a country’s greatest resource more valuable than diamonds. Invest in education today and the country will prosper. Invest in training teachers to a high standard, reduce class sizes, and safeguard girls by jaiing teachers who abuse them.

Liars exposed
2 years ago

Where do you find poor people live luxury life? There is no way a poverty stricken society can improve quality of education. How will they do that ? To improve education standards you need resources. In one party era competition was very high in schools. There were not many conventional schools and CDSS (then MCC) were not considered as a real substitute for secondary education as it is today. How do you expect to improve education standards with these numerous CDSS where for four years a student doesn’t know how a science laboratory looks like.

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