Ministry of Education, Science and Technology says it has re-introduced inspectors in the education system in accordance with the education Act of 2013, 20 years after they were abandoned.
Education Minister Dr. Emanuel Fabiano made the announcement Wednesday in Lilongwe at the launch of the national education standards and the ministry of education standard charter.
Fabiano said re-introducing inspectors was a necessary move as the introduction of the national education standards would demand provision of effective mechanisms for monitoring, evaluating and enforcing their implementation.
He said the core business of the inspectors will be to ensure that all stakeholders adhere to the education Act of 2013 and the set standards.
“The inspectors will also evaluate performance of students, teachers, schools and management systems to determine the impact of stakeholders’ actions in implementing the standards and promoting national education,” said the Minister.
The ministry abandoned the use of school inspectors 20years ago and introduced Primary Education Advisers (PEAS) who only played an advisory role to teachers a move some education stakeholders blame for the country’s dwindling education standards.
On the launch of the charter, Dr Fabiano observed that for many years Malawi had straggled to articulate her expectations and standards to help students achieve their full potential through education.
He said that it was pleasing to note that the national education standards provide a set of benchmarks of educational experiences and achievements of the students.
“The standard will ensure that every student across the country is getting the best possible education no matter where the student lives,” he said.
Themed ‘Raising education standards in Malawi’, the launch was attended by many education stakeholders who included Ministry of education officials, representatives of civil society, teachers union of Malawi and development partners among others.