Yao chief wants Malawi govt intervention over Hijab stand-off in Christian run public schools

A powerful Yao chief has asked for government intervention over hijab stand-off in Christian run public schools which has led to prolonged closure of the schools.

Deputy Minister of Education interacting with one learner living with disability at St Theresa Primary School.pic by Patrick Ndawala

Paramount Chief Kawinga has pleaded with government to act swiftly on a standoff over dress code between Christian and Muslim run schools in Machinga.

He says schools such as Mpiri Roman Catholic Primary School remain closed owing to the misunderstanding.

Deputy Minister of Education, Madalitso Wirima Kambauwa, says the issue is being handled by quasi-religious body, Public Affair Committee.

She said government is preaching  “equity, inclusivity, access and quality of education for every child.”

“What it means is that a child in Machinga should get the same education which a child in Dowa or Blantyre is getting,” she said.

She expressed concern that there is limited infrastructure in most education institutions in the country.

At Mpiri, authorities and Muslim communities continue to disagree on wearing of Hijab by learners.

Radical Muslims want their daughters to put on hijabs while in school, but Christians are refusing this dress code in their school campus.

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Eddy Banda
16 days ago

Let me tell this Yau chief to understand. Christians don’t bother you with your schools uniforms. This is a Roman catholic church primary school. They didn’t discriminate any child to get their education. They want a child to adhere to their dressing code. Why small kids have to be used for religious victory. The primary school must open and kids must observe the dressing code of the school. Remember, Malawi has more Christians than Muslims. But Muslims try to detect everything to go the muslim way. Look what is happening in Mozambique. Of Muslims were majority in malawi…we could have… Read more »

Mikoko
19 days ago

Fellow Catholics, let us just take our schools and hospitals back from government. Let us run them as private schools and private hospitals. Awa asilamuwa atichedwetsa!!!!

Patriot
Patriot
19 days ago

First and foremost let us set the record clear. The school mentioned is indeed owned by Catholics but it is run by government following the nationalization of religious run schools by Dr. Kamuzu Banda sometime back. When we say nationalization we mean these institutions is controlled by the government. Teachers and many resources at provided by the government and not the Church. If these institutions were privately owned by the Church then surely the Muslims wouldn’t have a case but the fact that these are public schools then surely their arguements are valid. To cut the story short if indeed… Read more »

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Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
19 days ago

It’s double standards for the Yao chief……..the question is why do muslins want their daughters to put on a hijab in a Christian school when they force Christian students in Islamic schools to follow Islamic rituals……..zisamakomele mbuzi kugunda galu.

Catholics are not allowed to put on their corona in Islamic schools so why should muslins put on their hijabs in a catholic school?

temweka
temweka
19 days ago

the chief himself has no brain, why fight for a catholic school. im a christian not catholic i had attended their school was obliged to follow their instructions. muslims can built their own school n freely practice their religion.

Mzakwacha Nixon's
Mzakwacha Nixon's
19 days ago

My fellow Malawians,
Be civilized please..I don’t see any reason why a girl must not wear Hijab…hijab can at all effect other non hijab student/girls.
Education will be the same.
Kukangana nkhani ya ziii…find anthu any mwanena kuti school ndi ya catholic,very good,mind you,it’s in a majority Moslems place therefore,Romans as well must follow the community wishes.
I Nixon Noordin Mzakwacha,request Catholic authorities,Government to allow our daughter dress in hijab,they look beautiful and is sunnat.
I will even write Government speaker on that.

Salam Aleikum,
DURBAN
KwaZulu NaTaL

+27724922299

Dausee
Dausee
19 days ago

Akulu! Mmesa munamanga masukulu anu otchedwa Madrassah! Dzikavalani ma hijan momasuka kumeneko!

Kaisala
Kaisala
19 days ago

Build your own schools simple. That’s a religious school not Govt school. All what you know is building mizikiti pamene anzanu akumanga ma school…. Kagwereni uko. Buyi buyi kwanu

mtete
mtete
19 days ago

True all the way but school owners have their own rules which must be observed. Don’t impose your wishes against set requirements otherwise go elsewhere or a completely government funded school.

Erik P
Erik P
19 days ago

Exactly, it should just be a free choice. No obligation for muslims or non muslims at the school. The hijab anyway is a modern fashion and was actually not that popular in Islam in the past

Political commentator
19 days ago

a YAO penapakenso hiyaaaa – mukuononga tsogolo la ana anu kumeneko. You dont dictate what the owners want. No trousers for girls, no trouser. No hijab for everyone, no hijab. Simple and straight forward. Ngati simukufuna auzen a Muslim Association akumangireni yanu kumeneko muzivala hijab

Timveziti
Timveziti
19 days ago

Come on this is just looking to cause problems where they shouldn’t exist.
Moslems please just build your own schools. You are holding back the childrens education just for the sake of winning an argument.
You have your own rules in your schools so why cant others have their rules in their schools. Paja ndi kuchimake Kwan makani

Phaloni
Phaloni
19 days ago

These Moslems are very selfish people. In their schools they force students from Christian families to be putting on hijab or whatever they call it. They don’t give students a chance to choose what to wear yet they want their students to be given a chance to choose what to wear in Christian schools! What a load of BS…

Kaisala
Kaisala
19 days ago
Reply to  Phaloni

They should build there own schools simple… koma busy kumanga mizikiti kumangokuwa mudzi uliwonse…

Malawi Timkonde
Malawi Timkonde
20 days ago

By excluding hijab dressers, are not we being unchristian? I think Christ will welcome them, teach them praiseworthy values of impartial love, alleviate their inadequacy, thereby showing by deeds the true way of life worthy in the Kingdom of God. Invite leaders of other religions eg Sheiks to your solemn christian functions as well as local leaders such as this chief although they will not receive the Eucharist but God promises to grace where you convene such in good faith to His glory. If it is the problem of inadequate education of our own church leaders in the field of… Read more »

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