Malawi rejects compulsory primary education

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…Malawi’s commitment to the rights of children questioned

The Malawi government has been refusing to make primary education compulsory for all schools, a review undertaken in May 2015 by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Malawi’s human rights performances and violations has revealed.

This was disclosed in a presentation by the Malawi Human Rights Commission on Tuesday during the 2015 Universal Periodic Review dissemination workshop in Lilongwe.

Malawi Primary school

Govt rejected to make primary school education compulsory.

The move means that the government apart from snubbing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which the country committed to follow it also violated its own Education Act enacted in 2013.

“Malawi rejected a recommendation to make primary education compulsory, in conformity with article 28 of the Convention on the Right of the Child. However, Malawi enacted the Education Act in 2013 which guarantees compulsory, universal and free primary education” reads part of the document that Malawi24 has seen.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is an exercise undertaken by the review of the human rights records in Malawi. It is an exercise that is carried in all UN member states to declare actions being taken to improve the human rights situations in their respective countries and to fulfill their human rights obligations.

“The UPR is one of the key elements of the Council which reminds States of their responsibility to fully respect and implement all human rights and fundamental freedoms” declares the UN.

By rejecting the recommendations as demanded by the Education Act, questions will be raised regarding Malawi’s commitment the rights of children particularly on its obligation to make education accessible to all children as the 2013 Act demands.

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13 Comments

  1. kodi mkufuna kuti pasakhale kusiyana pakati pa amene abwerela form 3 ndi form 1 nanga munamuchoseranji bakili muluzi timaphuzira bwino ndiye iwe wabweresa zako za kamuzu banda eti? wayiwala chabe kuti azinyamula mazira ankhuku akamapita ku xool stupid!!!

  2. Wrong information the Malawi24 reporter. I am the one who made this presentation at Crossroads and my presentation was on 201 Universal Periodical Review. The same presentation had current progress which also indicated that Malawi had made Education Compulsory in the Education, 2012 as one of the positive steps in implementing rejected 2015 recommendations. May I therefore, request the Malawi24 reporter to be attentive in sessions next time you attend a workshop. If you want this presentation I have it with me now you can request it through my e-mail. simplejere68@yahoo.com

    You have done damage to your own country by being very unprofessional in your reporting. Where were you by then? That is why you have even hidden your details on the registration form in our possession. Your Fellow reporters had interviews with the guests from Save the Children, NGO CCR, and the Malawi Human Rights Commission. Why did you not seek clarification on this? I even brought the 2010 UPR booklets for those who did not have a copy. Did you get one yourself. Please be professional next time stay in the meeting to the end so that you understand the issues clearly. You find that what you have reported will not be reported by Zodiak, MBC TV, Nyasatimes, and Nations Publications Limited who were there hence making your source questionable. Sorry for my long clarification. All the best Malawi24 reporter

  3. PAJA MUMACHALLENGER KUTI YOU CAN RUN THE COUNTRY WITH OUR OWN MONEY PANO ZAYAMBA KUKUKANIKA MWAYAMBA KULETSA PRIMARY EXAMS .SECONDARY EXAMS ONLY FORM 4 THE SKOOL IN MALAWI WILL GO DEEP DOWN THE DRAIN KIKI! ZILIKO!