Aida Chilembwe Technical College officially opens: Mutharika says technical skills crucial to national development 

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has reiterated that technical skills development remains crucial to the development of the country. Mutharika was speaking on Thursday when he opened Aida Chilembwe Community Technical College at Providence Industrial...

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Machinga Development Association against relocation of studentsas Malawi govt selects 120 to an incomplete school

Machinga Development Association (MADAS) has written to Malawi Government strongly demanding that its Ministry of Education Science and Technology should not relocate the 120 students who were selected to start their Form One at Machinga Boarding Secondary School for...

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MSCE exams results ready mid October

By Jarson Malowa, Contributor
Malawi National Examinations Board ( Maneb ) says will release Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations’ results before October 15.
Maneb Executive Director, Gerald Chiunda, said this on the sidelines of 2018 MSCE awards meeting held at the board’s headquarters.
“We are expected to have the results of MSCE ready before mid October as opposed to the case in the past. We are also undertaking cross-examination research on whether there was leakage of this year’s MSCE examination papers,” he said.
The meeting attracted people from Malawi and countries such as Kenya, Lesotho and Uganda.
One of the officials from Lesotho Examinations Council, Bonnqe Taolane, said African countries should embrace the idea of engaging each other so that they can fix problems associated with the administration of examinations.
Kenyan National Examinations Council’s Director of Test Development, Patrick Ochich, has therefore commended Maneb for engaging them.

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Unqualified teachers flooding Malawi’s private school

By Patience Lunda, Contributor
Stakeholders in the education sector have sounded an SOS on the recruitment mess in the sector, especially in private institutions; a development they say compromises the country’s education standards.
The concerns follow reports that many private schools are recruiting teachers who neither have teaching experience nor relevant qualifications.
Most parents raised the concerns to Civil Society Education Coalition (Cisec) during a recent meeting which it hosted in the Northern Region.
Such schools, according to stakeholders, take advantage of the high unemployment rate among the youth and desperation of some parents and guardians to have their wards enrolled in private schools which are preferable to public schools.
Cisec Executive Director, Benedicto Kondowe, said delivery of quality education depends on teachers’ qualifications and not necessarily the type of equipment available at a private school.
“If private schools recruit unqualified staff, they may not deliver intentions of the curriculum and the outcome is that learners lack necessary skills that are to be achieved according to the curriculum,” he said.
He, then, called on the government to put in place stringent measures on all schools by inspecting them to enforce rules and regulations as stipulated in accreditation procedures.
“Reports of unqualified teachers in some schools cannot be downplayed and should not be tolerated,” Kondowe said.
Reacting to the development, Independent Schools Association of Malawi President, Joseph Patel, acknowledged the problem and advised parents to research about schools before sending their children and wards.
“Some private schools are not registered but when parents realise that school fees is affordable, they rush to enroll their children to such schools and this is bad,” Patel said.
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology spokesperson, Lindiwe Chide, has since warned that they would revoke licences of private schools which do not meet the standards.
“One of the conditions for the establishment of any school is to have qualified staff. Therefore, all private schools are supposed to abide by this. The ministry conducts inspections of schools to ensure that institutions abide by the requirements and their licence is withdrawn if they do not abide by this,” Chide said.
She urged parents to verify credibility of schools by consulting nearest education offices.

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TEVET plans to turn community colleges into business entities

Board Chairperson for Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (TEVET), Gilbert Chilinde has said the organisation plans to turn community technical colleges into business enterprises. Speaking during the inspection of Ida Chilembwe Community Technical...

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