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Government not changing the school calendar- Wirima

Government not changing the school calendar- Wirima

Education
Education Minister, Madalitso Kambauwa Wirima has told media that schools which were temporarily closed in the Southern region following the Cyclone Freddy that has hit the region will re-open on 27th March 2023, but there will be no change of the school calendar. Addressing the Press on Thursday, 23rd March, 2023, at the Ministry's headquarters in the city of Lilongwe, on her Ministry's response to the after-effects of Cyclone Freddy, Wirima said that her Ministry has observed that some education districts such as Zomba rural, Nsanje, and Chiradzulu have affected schools not exceeding 50% of the total schools' population, hence a need to open them. "As of 23rd March, 2023 having determined the accessibility to schools, structural stability of the infrastructure and safety of our le...
NGO Hands Over School To Government

NGO Hands Over School To Government

Education
Minister of Education Madalitso Kambauwa Wirima, has urged stakeholders to supplement government efforts of ensuring increased access to education through provision of infrastructure and furniture. She made the remarks in Dowa on Thursday, during her keynote address when she officially opened Chunzu Primary School which has 8 new classroom blocks, toilets and administration offices courtesy of Great Mind Bright Futures organization. Wirima said the donation comes at a right time as government is relentlessly aiming to reduce the soaring pupil to classroom ratio in the country through construction of new classrooms. “Government cannot single handedly afford to construct new primary schools where they are needed; therefore, may I appeal to other partners to emulate the gesture ...
Dowa Receives New Primary School

Dowa Receives New Primary School

Education
UK well-wishers under the banner Great Minds Bright Future have constructed a brand new Chunzu Primary School in Traditional Authority Mkukula in Dowa. Founder of Great Minds Bright Future, Dave Armstrong, said his focus is on children's welfare hence the development. Speaking after officially receiving the school, Minister of Education Science and Technology Madalitso Kambauwa Wirima, appreciated the gesture and called for more partners in the education sector Headteacher for the school, Christopher Manda, said the old school was in bad shape and the blocks were not enough to accommodate all the learners. Member of Parliament for the area Halima Daudi who is also the Deputy Minister of Health urged community members to take care of the school. The school has close to 2...
Cyclone Freddy Affected Schools To Resume Classes Next Monday

Cyclone Freddy Affected Schools To Resume Classes Next Monday

Education
The Ministry of Education has announced that all schools in Southern Region affected by Cyclone Freddy should open on 27 March 2023. Minister of Education Madalitso Kambauwa Wirima, made the remarks in Lilongwe during a Press briefing on the ministry's response to the after-effects of cyclone Freddy. According to Wirima, the development excludes those schools which are being used as camps for Internally Displaced People (IDP) or are submerged in water and require certification by engineers. The minister said such schools will remain closed until 21 July 2023. The development has come after the ministry assessed the structural stability of the infrastructure and the safety of learners and teachers.
School Opening Postponed To Next Term

School Opening Postponed To Next Term

Education
The Ministry of Education has announced a further suspension of schools in some districts of the Southern Region. A statement signed by Principal Secretary for Education, Chikondano Mussa, says the suspension has been necessitated by the fact that most of the school blocks are occupied by Cyclone Freddy survivors. The Ministry says the education districts are: Nsanje, Chikwawa, Mulanje, Phalombe, Blantyre rural, Blantyre Urban, Thyolo, Chiradzulu, Mwanza, Neno, Zomba rural, and Zomba Urban. Schools in the Southern Region were closed last week following a warning by the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (MET). Cyclone Freddy has caused unprecedented devastation killing over 400 people and displacing thousands.
Stay Home, MoE Suspends Classes In Southern Region

Stay Home, MoE Suspends Classes In Southern Region

Education
The Ministry of Education has suspended classes in all schools in the Southern Region of Malawi from 13 to 14 March 2023. According to the Secretary for Education, Chikondano Mussa, this follows the information the ministry has received from the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services. The information indicates that the direct effects of Tropical Cyclone Freddy being experienced in the Southern Region Districts of Nsanje, Chikwawa, Mulanje, Phalombe, Blantyre, Thyolo, Chiradzulu, Mwanza, Neno and Zomba, will intensify this evening till 13 March 2023 and dying down by 14 March 2023. As a precautionary measure, the Ministry of Education has temporarily suspended physical classes in all learning institutions inthe aforementioned districts on Monday, 13 March and Tue...
8 Percent Increment Is Mockery To Teachers

8 Percent Increment Is Mockery To Teachers

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Some concerned civil servants have described as a mockery the 8 percent salary increment by government. In his 2023-2024 budget presentation in parliament, Sosten Gwengwe, minister of Finance, said government has hiked salaries for civil servants with 8 percent and has also introduced transport allowance for the civil servants. However, Alinafe Banda, Chairperson for Concerned Teachers of Malawi has told us that the salary increment is not tallying with the rising cost of living. Banda said the teachers have written the minister of finance to revise upward the percentage. He says they seek the change in the next seven days, failure to which, the workers will hold nation-wide demonstrations.
Alliance Biodversity International And Ciat Introduces A 3 Year Youths Projects

Alliance Biodversity International And Ciat Introduces A 3 Year Youths Projects

Education
By Andrew Silumbu Alliance of Bioversity international and CIAT with support from USAID Malawi has introduced a 3 year project called Business Acceleration for youth BA4Y which is targeting 50 youths and women led enterprises between the ages of 18 to 35. Speaking to Journalists in Blantyre after orienting Journalists from Community Radios and District Information officers from the District of Mangochi, Zomba, Chikwawa, Thyolo, Balaka, Mulanje, Chiradzulu, Machinga and Nsanje, Business Incubation and Acceleration officer Oganive Chingakule urged the youth to take up the chance to apply for the grant once the program rolls out next month. Chingakule further said that the project will engage Business trainers that will support youths in various sectors except mining to develop thei...
Government Keen on Improving Access to Quality Education in Malawi

Government Keen on Improving Access to Quality Education in Malawi

Education
By Priscilla Phiri President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera says Government through the Ministry of Education is implementing various projects with billions of investments which have already registered tremendous results in the country. Speaking at the state opening of the 1st Meeting of the 50th session of parliament and the 2023/24 budget meeting on Friday themed “Delivering Economic Transformation and Governance Reform Through Sacrificial Action and Service Excellence”, the President said one key priority in this sector is to achieve compulsory primary education and increase access to education. “With support from the German Government (KfW) we have constructed 308 classrooms and 120 teachers’ houses teaching practice schools and also completed the rehabilitation of water and sanit...
Blantyre Based Youth Group Donates Exercise Books And Pens At Mwayi Primary School

Blantyre Based Youth Group Donates Exercise Books And Pens At Mwayi Primary School

Education
A Blantyre based youth group under the name Open Hearts Network has donated exercise books and pens to learners at Mwayi Primary School in Blantyre district. Speaking at the donation Public Relations Officer for OHN, Takondwa Velemu said the donation was part of the goals of the grouping which is to reach out to the need. "At OHN as our motto suggests, we believe that sharing is caring. We are here to make this donation in support of Mwana Alembe Project which aims at making a difference to learners by providing them with various materials, " she said. Open Hearts Network has since called upon other stakeholders to support people in need. On his part, Headmaster for the school, MacLennan Kengere said the donation came at a very right time. "We are very thankful for ...