MCP protest secondary school fees hike, refuse to ask minister questions

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislators on Tuesday vehemently protested government decision to raise fees in secondary schools, saying this would hurt the poor in the harsh economic times.

Fabiano: There were huge disparities in fees

Fabiano: There were huge disparities in fees

Leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera then told deputy speaker Clement Chiwaya that the opposition would not ask questions to the minister of Education Emmanuel Fabiano who presented a ministerial statement on the secondary school fees hike and abolishment of Junior Certificate Examination.

However, Leader of the House Francis Kasaila said it was surprising that the MCP was protesting fees in schools, saying when the party was in power, poor Malawians struggled to pay school fees from primary school.

“Malawians were paying school fees when they were poor during the MCP rule, they were paying the fees when they were extremely poor. These are facts although you may not wish to hear this.

“We were paying school fees although we were not rich, we are not rich now but the government wants to improve the quality of education, that is the concern of all well meaning Malawians,” said Kasaila.

In his ministerial statement, Fabiano said the fees were last hiked in 2000 when boarding fees were hiked to K1500, general purpose fund was at K500, tuition fees was at K500, text book revolving fund was at K250 and different schools charged different fees for development fund which he said in most cases, was not used for the intended purpose.

Fabiano said there were huge disparities in fees as school fees in national secondary school which is now at K25000 per term, district boarding schools fees were at K35000, government aided schools were charging K55000 and community day students were paying K65000.

He said in some schools, students were paying K5000 for development fund, saying the new arrangement has avoided the disparities and discrepancies and harmonised all fees instead.

Fabiano said the government is still subsidising each student, saying the government is subsidising K480000 per student annually in national secondary school, K136000 per student in a year in district boarding secondary schools, K150 000 per student in a year in day secondary schools and K88 000 per year in community day secondary schools.

He said the new fees will improve the teaching and learning process.

“If this is not done, the quality of education shall continue to decline and it will not be possile to reverse in future,” he said.

Fabiano said the government is aware that the new fees will put pressure on parents and guardians but said the government has put aside K480m as bursary money for the poor.

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prince
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Stupid minister go to hell idiot, I said it that Fabiano angokula mutu alibe nzelu idiot.

FELIX MALIJAN
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YOU GUYS, DONT DO THINGS FOR YOUR OWN BENEFITS. YOU ARE TAKING THE ODD CHARGES AND COMPARING THEM WITH THAT OF NOWDAYS WHY? THINGS ARE SOCIALLY,TECH NOLOGICALLY AND ECONOMICALLY IMPROVING. PLEASE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TAKE ACTION ON THAT, FAILING WHICH PROBLEMS IN MALAWI WILL NEVER END. TROUBLES WILL KEEP ON ACCERARATING.

Concerned Citizen
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Someone says they were paying 350 in 1994. OK the exchange rate was $1:MK2, now it is $1:MK600. If we use this as a gactor, then we should be paying fees of above MK100,000.

Make your own judgement which is more expensive.

ddd
Guest
that is very false that they have set aside 4 hundred something million for the poor. they lied that they set aside 1.5 billion for the poor in relevant to tertiary education. if that was the plan they could not release the names of such poor after matching and after taking too much time. up to now the real money has not even reached the target destination. the school is for rich people in malawi. if you are not rich then you will not learn. i know someone who has been selected to boarding school but is failing to learn… Read more »
MULOPWANA
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MAYO INEE!!! HOW WILL I KNW THAT MY SON IS IMPROVING IN STUDIES IF HE STARTS STANDARD UP TO 4M 4 WITHOUT WITHOUT A PAPER?

J Tee
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What Fabiano is saying that they subdise 85000 ku Community Day,sindugwirizana nazo. Mupita mmaxul,how pathtic condition xulz are. 1 literature book the whole xul. So subsidy ikubwera pati?? And u say there were a lot of disparities that in community they were paying k35000,whch community day secondary xulz?? That’s not true. Give people the right information. Most of ur data is very wrong. And Kasaila,paying munthawi yaKamuzu chisakhale chifukwa choti enawo asamapange point out to problemz ure doing. And don’t u knw that MCP in parliament is new wt the old name?? They might see the problems their fathers were… Read more »
biggy
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if we have been given an opportunity to raise our views when several companies are raising prices for their products no one will stand in support of it, that’s why we have the right to argue in one way or the other, but if you focus in considerations we can not compare 2015 against 1993. more than 20 years. what do you find to be the same?

Mlauzi
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You should consider per capita income when coming up with such policies. For the urban poor, madzi akwera, magetsi akwera, cost of goods and services is very high. Ndiye izinso? Ana ambiri saphuinzira. For the rural poor ndiye nyanyi!!!!!! Most of them only have seasonal incomes during the time of harvest. Incomes which are disproportionate to the cost of imports. Some have no incomes at all. I know enanu munaphunzilira ndalama za kachasu ndiye mwati mu zunze ana anzanu The rich will get richer as the poor get poorer as education standards qualitatively and quantitatively continue to plummet
maganizo
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Akulu akulu mubweze ngongole zomwe munatenga pomwe munali ku unima komanso pakhale policy yomwe mabwana ambiri lero alipo abweze kuti ana nawo aphunzirikekonso. Chonde popeza palibe akufunsa in parliament . Koma dziwani kuti ana athu akusiya sukulu kusowa fees. Inuyo zanu zinayera fufuzani…

Chodziwadziwa Bsc Engineering (Poly), Msc (Cant), PhD (Oxon)
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Chodziwadziwa Bsc Engineering (Poly), Msc (Cant), PhD (Oxon)

Fabiano failed at University of Malawi with his holistic outsourcing system. I have never and will ever appreciate fabiano’s way of doing things, he is a complete failure always ruled by emotions….

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