Malawi pupils sitting for exams while on floor

Shocker! Pictures of Malawian students who are writing primary school leaving certification exams have gone viral depicting learners seating on the floor.

Sitting for exams on the floor

The pictures have exposed how deep is shortage of teaching and learning materials in Malawi schools.

Over the weekend a total of 1,200 college students went to meet the President and that each got K20,000 ($28 at today’s rate). K24m ($33,335) was splashed out. This does not include beer and other gifts splashed at the event.

A few days after the event, primary school learners were about to start writing exams.

Unfortunately, most of them would be writing their exams under the worst conditions you could imagine as in the picture posted with this story.

A desk nowadays costs on average K30,000 ($42) each. If that money was spent on desks, more than 800 desks would have been bought and a girl in the picture, May be, just May be, would have written her exams on one of it.

It is alleged that the President, a retired US law lecture, has been surrounded by “beasts of prey” who are always misleading him.

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Wanyazikhipi Kahamba
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This president is not a Malawian. He is not after developing our education, he is after money off to USA. If we were wise enough we could have just impeach him before too late. Malawians we shall have to vote wisely.

URIM AND THUMIM
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THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF PETER AND HIS FRIENDS ARE IN XOOLS ABROAD ON TAX PAYERS MONEY -‘WHILE OUR CHILDREN ARE SQUEEZING /BENDING THEIR BODIES LIKE SOMETHING ELSE — THAT’S WHY THEY INSULT US LIKE NDILIBE POLOBOLEMU — TIME TO SHOW THESE PEOPLE OUR DISPLEASURE IS NOW — EAT THEIR MONEY /BEERS OR WHATEVER BUT THINK TWICE !!
Chilungamo
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Let’s NOT blame the president or central government for this local and man-made misery. This should be the responsibility of village committees, school committee or at least district council level.
This is as a result of poverty of our thinking. That’s why we need Youth Week back,. Local communities can organise themselves to contribute to such an important cause. Hire local carpenters to make desks. How do parents of such children feel seeing them like this?
Yes, this DPP-led government is hopeless but let’s not blame it for our laziness.
Malawians should STOP being lazy!!!

Spinoza
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Who is the MP of this are in the first place. What developments has he done in 4 yrz in this area. Has he ever raised issues of sort In parliament so the gvt should do somethng for it?

URIM AND THUMIM
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COLONIALISM WAS BETTER
THAN WHAT IS HAPPENING
IN MALAWI NOW !!

Apao Kugola
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This photo shows a very shameful side of DPP failure. And yet the president keeps saying that he has develoveloped Malawi more than any previous president? Really? Ana uli? Usawi, chichi? I don’t care if he will win again on tribal votes, APM had failed pathetically to lead this nation. He will be remembered as the worst president Malawi has ever had. Bolanso atcheya.

Whiso Blowa
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And minister Bright Msaka is has been distributing desks in community day secondary schools across the country every week, pocketing huge allowances with his entourage and guzzling alot of fuel, a task which a Education Division Manager can handle at low cost. The money he has spent through travelling alone as of this week is enough to buy desks for severa schools. Malawi stop politicising development projects. We waist alot of money through stupid politicking.

Kibaki
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Guys where is this xool? Name it please. I want to donate desks with the few i have

mgoloso
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Malawians chonde tisawonetse umbuli wathu pa Social Media. Malawi as a nation embraced decentralization. We have the following: 1. Constituency development fund (CDF) – annually available to all 193 constituencies in the country. Every MP gets this money for development projects. As such, the MPs that have been representing this area for all these years should be the ones to provide solutions using these funds 2. Local Development fund (LDF) – annually available to all Councils in the country, MPs, Councillors and Chiefs come together, discuss and plan for development projects to be done in the each district 3. District… Read more »
Tadala
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It could have been good if you were sincere. Are the desks which Bright Msaka distributing to schools from DDF, LDF or CDF? You talk of central region, does DPP have no shadow MP’s and other structures of the party there? Decentralisation is on paper while the ruling party is always fighting with the people trying to do anything good kufuna kusolola basi. Some of us have been in these developmental committees and see the nasty behaviour there. Shame!!

#DzukaniAmalawi
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Mgoloso kom mutu wako ukukoka. What’s the point that you’re making in your comment. Whether the desks were supposed to be delivered by MPs, councilors or DCs is neither here nor there. The point of the matter is that there are no desks, equipment or labs for a number of rural schools. The government is headed by President Mutharika. Like any CEO of a company, of a company fails to deliver and/or miss its targets then the CEO gets the chop. They’re paid to deliver on the promises, manifesto and developmental projects by appointing credible and skilled people who can… Read more »
Ecclesia
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Point of correction: He is the “beast of pray” himself. Don’t blame those who surround him. What did he do when he was minister of education? He fled to the USA for a holiday when colleges back home were closed. He never uttered a word. So you people expect such a President to deliver anything in the education sector, no ways. Is he not the same President who ended the JCE Examinations which we all know were important for gauging the performance of students before they proceeded to senior level in Secondary school? Look people, never elect a President who… Read more »
#DzuakinAmalawi
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Of you think about it he was elected by 36% vote but was good enough to be the president. We should blame the people who voted for him in 2014 and who will vote for him again in 2019. He will probably win again with 40% of the votes. 40% of voting Malawians still think that he’s the best president to lead the country to prosperity; that’s the sad part Ecclesia. At the rate it is going Malawi won’t exit in 20 years time……it will be sold to the highest bidder or if it exists, it will be run by… Read more »
LEGO
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Upon seeing this picture tears from my eyes kept on falling and i ask myself if this area has got a representative in a parliament.Its so sad to see such picture in this modern era.I remember in 1990 when i first wrote grade 8 exams i sat on a desk.I don’t get surprised because most of the MPs and Ministers nowadays are just there for their family not to develop the area.SHAME!!!!!!

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