Private schools Association of Malawi-PRISAM has urged on private owned schools to register with the Ministry of Education to spearhead quality education service provision in the country.
The call was made on Friday during an engagement meeting between PRISAM-and private school officials from Bangwe township in Blantyre.
Addressing the private schools owners, PRISAM President, Amon Jason Ntafya said most private schools currently in operation, are not registered with the Ministry of Education and a number of them do not have MANEB centres.
“We want to mobilize private schools to register with the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, because only then will they be able to take up on concerns being raised at the moment.
As PRISAM, our aim is to uplift small schools and help them grow, so once they are members, we will help them to acquire registration with the Ministry.” Said Ntafya
Ntafya then urged private schools to register with the ministry in order to complement government’s efforts in providing quality education and to allow their learners to sit for examinations as internal candidates.
On his remarks, Dr. Ernest Kawonga, Chair for the Board of Trustees for Private schools Association of Malawi -underscored the need for private schools to register with PRISAM in order to work hand in hand in establishing a vibrant sector for Private education service provision.
Kawonga, who is also the owner of Maranatha Academy, said PRISAM as a mother body has been revamped to provide checks and balances to institutions governing private schools such as the Independent Schools Association of Malawi-ISAMA.
“We need to have a mouthpiece, something which can be standing for us when there are challenges. PRISAM as a mother body is here to provide checks and balances as well as ensure private education service providers are well represented at national level to spearhead their work”. Said Kawonga
Anne Malemia-Director for Safe Haven Academy in Blantyre commended PRISAM for the meeting saying it has provided hope for private schools of having a body to represent act as their mouthpiece at national level in addressing challenges the sector is facing.
“After the engagement with PRISAM officials, I for one am very delighted because a lot has been elaborated, they have explained a lot of things and given us hope on the challenges that we are currently facing.
PRISAM will also hold interface meetings with Private school owners in other regions like Lilongwe and Mzuzu.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :