Msaka tells Unesco conference Malawi continues to place emphasis on education

Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka has told the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) General Conference in France that Malawi government  continues to place emphasis on the importance of education.

Bright Msaka, SC, Minister of Education, Science and Technology at the 39th UNESCO General Conference in Paris, France on 02nd November 2017

Msaka said that among other indicators that government is committed to improve education is the allocation of additional money towards the sector in 2017/18 National Budget where 18% has been allocated to education.

“This allocation is more than in any other single sector of Malawi’s economy,” Msaka said.

Malawi’s education minister further said that the adoption of National Strategy on Inclusive Education which will run from 2017 to 2021 is another response to challenges facing education sector in the country.

“The strategy is in line with the national education goals and objectives of promoting equity, access, quality, relevance, governance and management in education.

“Furthermore, our national strategy responds to the UN conventions and agreements to which Malawi is a party. More specifically, it is designed to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all, in line with the aims of SDG4,” he said.

Msaka also commended UNESCO for supporting Malawi in various sectors including education.

“It is pleasing to note that UNESCO has already taken concrete action in order to contribute to the attainment of the SDGs through its work in Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Science, Culture, Communication and Information,” he said.

On education, Msaka mentioned of Skills and Technical Programme (STEP) which is aimed at seeing youth equipped with vocational skills.

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4 years ago

This was not a forum to cover up really issues and cheat the world mr minister. The Education status shared by the minister (if he deserves the name) lacks truth and reality on the ground. I doubt if this minister knows the real status of our education system. I know, him and his colonies do not send their children to public schools hence they don’t mind. From primary to tertiary education, the system is on the death bed. The current socio-economic status of the country is a reflection of unstrategic investment in education system. > many children still learning under… Read more »

4 years ago

Great words, Mr Msaka! Unfortunately the realities of the ground appear different. Is the extra budget reaching the intended purposes? Personally, I cannot understand how your ministry and your government can let university students drop out because of fees and maintenance. These are your brightest boys and girls capable of developing your country. Your student loan system doesn’t work. I know this first hand – we have picked up a number of students who deserve that support but never got it. And we know of those that got it whose parents are so well off that it makes the whole… Read more »

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