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Manaf Launches Sign Language Dictionary

Manaf Launches Sign Language Dictionary

Education
The Malawi National Association for the Deaf (MANAD) in conjunction with the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) yesterday, 24 November, launched the first ever Malawian Sign Language Dictionary at the University of Malawi. Commenting on the dictionary, UNIMA Associate Professor of Linguistics, Dr Winfred Mkochi heaped praises on MANAD saying itis a step in the right direction for Malawi to have an inclusive and self-reliant society as stipulated in the Malawi 2063 Vision document. He also stressed that the dictionary will not only be used as a resource in teaching and learning the sign language but also it will promote the use of Malawian Sign Language and enhance the Deaf community’s enjoyment of right to use their language of choice as stipulated in the Malawi Constitution. Amon...
MIM Suspends Examinations

MIM Suspends Examinations

Education
The Malawi Institute of Management (MIM) has suspended mid-semester examinations which the students were writing after leakage of several papers. MIM Acting Executive Director, Jessie Kabwila said the institution does not condone any acts of cheating as it aims at producing proper human capital for the country. According to Kabwila, the institution would rather delay the students in writing examinations while putting the system in order. Meanwhile, MIM has started investigations to find out what triggered the leakage.
Mlambe Primary School Classes Suspended

Mlambe Primary School Classes Suspended

Education
The Ministry of Education has confirmed the temporary closure of Mlambe Primary School in Dedza. The development follows the death of a pupil and the admission of several learners due to the cholera outbreak. Ministry of Education Public Relations Officer, Mphatso Nkuonera said despite the current situation the School Feeding Programme will continue and be suspended only in schools where cholera cases are said to be on the increase. Nkuonera explained that the issue of the cholera outbreak being multi-sectoral the recommendation was to temporarily stop teaching to protect other learners, teachers and the community. "The current status does not warrant the closure of schools across the country. The ministry will suspend teaching and learning in those schools where figures keep ...
Don Bosco Youth Left For Spain

Don Bosco Youth Left For Spain

Education
14 students from Don Bosco Youth Technical Institute, who are studying mechanical and electrical engineering, have flown to Spain today for a month-long education visit. The institute's principal Fr. Michael Mbandama said the visit is aimed at motivating the students by having them experience what other youths abroad are training in. One of the travelling students Tadala Kado said she believes the trip will offer them a lifetime experience as they will be able to relate what the local syllabus teaches with the International content And one of the tutors accompanying the students, Joseph Pheratu said while in Spain, the students will also undergo both theory and practical sessions in their respective courses. Fr. Mbandama says the visit has been made possible through sponsorshi...
Government has closed Machinga Teachers Training College indefinitely

Government has closed Machinga Teachers Training College indefinitely

Education
Since the start of this week, some students have been pushing authorities at the institution to pay their training allowances. As of today, the students started rioting, blocking the Zomba and Mangochi road and demanding money from the users in the process. However, Mussa blamed the students for providing wrong details to the institutions for the facilitation of their allowances. Speaking to Malawi News Update Mussa has bemoaned the behavior which has been described as unruly hence resolving to the closure of the institution.```
SOFF hands over girls hostel in Rumphi

SOFF hands over girls hostel in Rumphi

Education
SOFF on Monday handed over an 80 bed girls' hostel to Katowo Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in the area of Senior Chief Katumbi in Rumphi District. Speaking after handing over of the hostel, Chakwera called for concerted efforts among stakeholders including local and international organisations to support education sector in constructing school girls hostels across the country. She said girls face a lot of challenges as they strive to achieve and excel in their education, hence the need to come up with deliberate initiatives which can address the challenges, hence the provision of the hostel to the school. "I, therefore, appeal to all stakeholders at different levels to ensure that girls remain in school so that they grow into productive citizens," said Chakwera. Deputy...
Mary’s Meals To Serve More Learners

Mary’s Meals To Serve More Learners

Education
Hours after rains disrupted Mary's Meals Fundraising Music Concert at the Blantyre Golf Club on Saturday afternoon, the show has picked momentum. Shammah Vocals, real name Shammir Stola, kickstarted the music fest with his hit songs sending several patrons to the dance floor. Among those lined up to perform are Soldier Lucius Banda and Piksy. Also supporting the cause are several corporate players including Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Capital Bank and NBS Bank. Mary's Meals Country Director, Angela Chipeta Khonje, called for added support. "We have noted that many children go to school on an empty stomach. We want to serve many with nutritious meals to give them the energy to learn and hope for a better future," said Khonje. It is now 20 years since the group whi...
Leadership Crisis All Over As University Of Malawi Burns With Academic Calendar Vigils

Leadership Crisis All Over As University Of Malawi Burns With Academic Calendar Vigils

Education
By Our Reporter As national demonstrations are being held in almost all major cities of the country over the lack of leadership in the Tonse Alliance administration, the leadership crisis seems to be spreading like a pandemic to other agents of the government, in this case, the University of Malawi, as the students were yesterday staging massive vigils, effectively putting all academic business to a standstill. “The bone of contention is an academic calendar. The University management in their wisdom released an academic calendar to the effect that we will be having one semester in one year instead of two semesters per year. Having one semester per year means that the students will be taking 8 years to complete a four-year degree programme and the students can’t imagine that. The st...
Ministry Waives School Timetable To Avert Heatwaves Effects

Ministry Waives School Timetable To Avert Heatwaves Effects

Education
The Ministry of Education has ordered an alteration to school timetables for schools in Shire Valley districts to start and knockoff early in the wake of the heatwave being experienced in the area. The announcement by Secretary for Education, Chikondano Mussa, comes after the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services warned of rising temperatures of above 42 degrees celsius in and surrounding areas. The heat wave is expected to be intense between midday to 3 pm and is expected to last for five days ending Sunday. Mussa says the waiver means teachers and learners should conduct classes between 7 am and 12 pm to ensure everyone is protected from the heatwave. The statement also encourages teachers and learners to hydrate at all times and that teachers and learners...
We Expected Warnings Only Not Suspension – Tidziwenji

We Expected Warnings Only Not Suspension – Tidziwenji

Education
One of the concerned students against academic calendar, Louis Tidziwenji who has been served with  a strong warning has expressed disappointment with the administration's decision of serving one of them, Ekari Mathuka with a different punishment on the same charges that all the 7 were alleged to commit. In an interview with Chanconews, Tidziwenji has said the suspension of Mathuka is a clear indication that the administration had other issues beyond the ones that were leveled against him during disciplinary hearing. Further, Tidziwenji has said they were expecting to be served only with a strong warning as they issued a public apology to the speakers before being summoned for the disciplinary hearing. Former Student Representative Council Director of academic affairs, Mayam...