Minister Nyalonje set to overhaul rotten Malawi education system

Newly-appointed Minister of Education Agnes Nyalonje has said her priority is to overhaul the rotten and archaic education system in the country.

Minister of Education Agness Nyalonje: Shape up or shape out

Nyalonje says the country’s education system from pre-school to tertiary level needs a rethink.

“It is not by accident that Malawi has one of the lowest transition rates at all levels in the education system.

“It’s about how we have structured our education system for a longtime that is not responding to pertinent needs,” she said.

The minister said in the five months that they have been given to prove themselves by President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, they will be engaged in robust transforming policy decisions and programmes that among others will  see the operationalization of the Teachers Council of Malawi.

“We must also make Secondary education affordable and effective while on the other hand take a critical look at free primary school that has a lot of hidden costs,” added Nyalonje.

She said her motto in the transition five months is ‘shape up or shape out’, saying there is no room for failure.

Nyalonje also added that investment in tertiary education needs also a fresh eye so that most universities would be more involved in research, science, innovation to provide solutions to various issues the country is facing.

She called upon UNICEF to continue its support in the re-opening of schools agenda  and that the reopening of schools must be done at the earliest opportunity, but must be risk informed, governed and guided by proven science and best practices.

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Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba
11 months ago

Schools especially public schools leave a lot to be desired and private schools are draining our pockets. During Kamuzu schools like Robert Blake, Dedza Secondary school, Bwaila, HHI, Blantyre Secondary school, Chichiri etc were household names. Even Universities were heaven on earth but today nyasi zokhazokha. Bakili Muluzi and APM never paid attention. Schools like Rumphi, Chilumba, Ntchisi etc are like makola a ng’ombe. Please do something to improve education and people should see the difference between mbava za udf and dpp and the Tonse Alliance led by MCP. It’s good that we have leaders that went through the Kamuzu… Read more »

Sizzler
Sizzler
11 months ago

Ooooh on a piace of advice Mrs MINISTER “mind your language ” eg:the use of the english word Overhoul means everything everyone changed..in that whole Minisrty… Ok fine as you think …But from where are you gonna find and fit in the personalities that will work out the result you are orriented tooo .I myself ever since the age of 4 has been living with parents who has been on duty for the country in SADC since 1987.So from one country to another .so was from one school to another .One curriculm to another … I have bigger EYES on… Read more »

God Knows
God Knows
11 months ago
Reply to  Sizzler

What are saying? Pathetic..

Mike Bamusi
Mike Bamusi
10 months ago
Reply to  Sizzler

Achimwene chizungutu chakuvutani akumvetsa apa .ngati sumutha osapanga comment bwa

EdgarR
EdgarR
10 months ago
Reply to  Sizzler

Sizzler, this moving from country to country and school to school really didnt help your spelling …

Sizzler
Sizzler
11 months ago

Mrs Minister you are overzelious in your wording to the Minisrty you are to heard… 5months is not as you think …..your 5months is already under COVID-19 Sydrome MALAWI does not need medeocrates as you have put it in your words .MALAWI needs a change TRUE .but not in that fashion of your dreams …. MALAWIANS need to be told the truth….even if it hates /pains … IF YOU THINK EDUCATION IS CHEAP THEN YOU ARE IGNORENT. tell them let them know and understand … then tomorrow you will be free … ZAULEREZI ZACHOTSA CHIDWI !!!!!!! IF i may ask… Read more »

Zagwazatha
Zagwazatha
11 months ago

Please madam Malawi needs to upgrade her level. These things of going to the university with O level are outdated. We need A level madam. Most of us encounter prbms whenever we go abroad for further studies

JONES
JONES
11 months ago

I will appreciate if the system of inspectors for schools comes back into effect. When we look at the billions of kwachas that have been stolen, we can manage to bring back that system, only then will there be sanity in schools. Chilima and I are sons with many other daughters in Malawi of that system.

Ad Phiri
Ad Phiri
11 months ago

Rotten?

Benjones
Benjones
11 months ago

All the best our best lady

Chimwene wa Anabanda ku Joni
Chimwene wa Anabanda ku Joni
11 months ago

Let’s get down to business. Malawi has lots to fix including people’s attitudes

Chidzukulu cha A Wazilinda
Chidzukulu cha A Wazilinda
11 months ago

True. People’s attitudes are the biggest challenge.

Wapansi.
Wapansi.
11 months ago

Anduna; shape up or Shape out emweyo. Do not repair chosaonongeka. You are right; lets see the direction first.

Norbert Turner
Norbert Turner
11 months ago

Not before time. Please begin with the standard of teachers in our schools. And please, please, please, encourage pupils at all levels to ASK QUESTIONS! This is a huge problem in Malawi; children are discouraged at an early age at home from asking questions of their elders. An important part of learning is to ask questions.

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