Special Needs Education Institute project missing in 2017/18 budget

While the Ministry of Education has been allocated a large share of K235 billion in the 2017/18 budget, the long awaited Special Needs Education Institute (SNEI) Project is not on the list of the projects to be undertaken in the education sector.

Lindiwe Chide: Seeking partners

According to the proposed budget presented in Parliament by Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe, there is only a provision for the construction of three teachers training colleges for primary and secondary school teachers.

Commenting on the matter in an interview on Monday, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) Spokesperson Lindiwe Chide said the SNEI Project is not among the three teacher’s training colleges to be constructed but rather continuation of the Mchinji, Chikwawa and Rumphi Primary School Teachers Training Colleges.

Chide said that currently the ministry is seeking partners to help finance the project and that  they only managed to do the designing phase of the project using the little money they had.

“The SNEI is not among the three mentioned in the budget but the construction of Rumphi, Chikwawa and Mchinji which were initially under construction but stalled. We only managed to do the designing phase but right now we are looking for partners to support finance the project as the nature of the project requires a lot of money and government alone cannot finance it,” said Chide.

She said so far, partners are yet to make commitments on the project but the ministry is still optimistic that some will come forward to support the project.

On the three colleges, Chide said they stalled because some financiers had not yet released the funding. She said the ministry has however concluded the evaluation contractors and is just waiting for a no objection from Arab Bank for Economic Development (BADEA) to go ahead with awarding contracts for the projects to start.

In 2013,Ministry of Education, Science and Technology indicated that it has started constructing a Special Needs Education Institute (SNEI) in Lilongwe with a capacity of not less than 400 trainee teachers to increase the number of specialist needs teachers in the country.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Please share this Article if you like Email This Post Email This Post

More From the World

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
AKANYERA
Guest

MERD RHETORIC CONTINUE TO HUMPER EDUCATION SECTORS IN MALAWI AND SNE IS NO EXCEPTION. POVERTY CONTINUE TO TAKE IT’S TOLL ON EDUCATION, OH LORD HAVE MERCY WITH MALAWI

Concerned Citizen Observer
Guest
Concerned Citizen Observer

I do see this government is not serious about Inclusive Education it has been busy preaching about as to make Education Inclusive a reality alot of resources in terms of human and financial resources! its very unfortunate they tend to think Charities and other NGOs will complement!

wpDiscuz

More From Nyasatimes