Malawi govt makes U-turn on Primary School fees idea

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The government of Malawi has categorically dismissed reports that primary school pupils are to pay school fees starting from the currently on-going academic year.

Media reports recently indicated that government has introduced tuition fees in all public primary schools.

But Ministry of Education interim spokesperson Manfred Ndovi said government has no intentions to introduce fees in primary schools.

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Govt clears reports about free primary school abolition.

“We are just getting these reports on the social media that government has introduced fees for primary school students. As ministry of education, we would like to tell the general public that those rumours are not true. Government schools are still offering free primary education,” said Ndovi.

As part of Public reforms government has initiated a number of changes in government sectors including hiking secondary school and tertiary education fees, and abolishing the Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) and Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) examination.

But, former Speaker of the National Assembly Sam Mpasu condemned government abolishing the PSLCE and JCE certificates, arguing that this was an illegal move.

“The decision is illegal because it is the Parliament that approved Education Act and this Act has a number of certificates. Therefore, the abolishing was supposed to be approved by members of parliament not just through signing by the President,” observed Mpasu.

Mpasu recalled that the decision to abolish JCE examinations was once implemented during Kamuzu Banda’s reign but this was later reversed as it had some negative implications on education.

Free primary school was introduced by Malawi’s first ever democratically elected President, Bakili Muluzi after the 1994 general elections.

Muluzi initiated this as one way of ensuring that many children easily access primary education.

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  1. All along we have been paying School Funds for our children.We got used to.”Koma ndiye ana athuwo osamangoawawulutu tikayamba kulipira fees inenedwayo”.

  2. Hw about xul fund? ven again mutsitse mtengo wa fertiliser coz 7pin nd yambir kwa mu2 wakumudzi, many poor farmers wil sale the coupon… vuto simumaudziwa umphawi mumangomva!

  3. AZUNGU KUTILAMULILA POGWIRITSA NTCHITO MPHAVU NDI CHUMA. Azungu ndi amene akuononga zinthu ku Africa kuno. Chitsanzo: anayambisa maphunziro aulere kenako kuchepesa chithandizo. Boma la Malawi kugwira njakata. Kenako akuti ufulu wamwana akapalamula kusukulu asamubweze kapena kumugwiritsa chibalo. Ufulu wake umenewu maphunziro abwino atheke apa? Ndakaika. Anamunamiza Tcheya gulisa Makampani a Boma tikuthandiza ndipo gwero la Ulova lodesa nkhawa linayamba pomwepo mpaka pano.

  4. When you tell wisdom to a wiseless person its like an insult. Is very hard for the wiseless, uncivilised and uneducated people to understand, utilise and consider wisdom.

  5. penapake osamangothamangil ccoment musanawelenga nwsi bwinobwino,mr ndovi atsotsa repot lakuti prml xool kuti ekhala yolipila zimene zikuotsa kuti,khani yoti xool ezilipilidwa ndibodza kumavetsa mukamawelenga!!!

  6. the problem is people who are running this country sanaoneko uphawi after all ambiriwa sanakulire kuno,and 2 they are not politicians,they are merely business men and lectures, and they are not even readers. and sanati kupanga ma brander.

  7. Osawaletsa anthu kubereka, chimene chikufunika ndichakuti, mukamasnkha msogoleri muzisankha msogoleri wachitukuko, amene angatukule malawi, vuto lonseli lilli kuwasoleri mukusankha…

  8. nd bwino…Amalawi kuzorowera za ulele…alesii inu et…azilipira ngat its alot ov money yot muthu angalephere kupereka… alesiii inu et…mukozekere kuyamba kupereka

  9. Malamulo a malawi amati sukulu ku pulayimale ndiyaulere ndipo mchingirezi anati zikuyenera kukhala zokakamiza funso nkumati mukasinthanso malamulo? Bvuto liri ndife kutengera zobwera kale nthawi ya aKamuzu timalipira koma atsogoleri opanda maso mphenya anasintha monga momwe anati youth ndithangata osayang’ana zabwino zake,anthu lero tikufuna boma likalambule mseu wathu opita ku chimbudzi ngakhale kukati kumbira kumene

  10. Koma boma pamene lafika sizinthu mmene akuonekela ana alibe ngakhale nsapato zomwe komanso amaphunzila panja @@@ nthawi zina mvula ikagwa nde palibe kuphunzila nde feez ayitenga kuti plz tawaganizileni makolo mmizimu

  11. Malawi 24,what’s this that you are confusing the citizens of this nation.Which direction must we take?Be serious otherwise HE once arrived tell him that tinachenjera vote yathu sadzayiwonanso yochuluka even abale ake aku Thyolo adanaye kukhosi. sakunfunanso.

  12. xool fees xikufunika tizilipira. Pali anthu akumudzi osauka kwambiri, koma mutati mumve ana amene alinawo mutha kudabwa, utha kufusa kuti akagulitsa, koma amakwanitsa kumadya pakhomo ngakhale moperewera. Lets hope ali ndi ana awiri amene angasamale bwino, mukuganiza kuti angalephere kulipira fees. Vuto lathu ndilakuti nnn bo;ma likapanga introduce free something we think has to be there mpaka kalekale. Tichepetse kuberekana. Dziko lathu ndilochepa kuposa zambia, koma population yathu kuposa zambia. Kenako kukhale kulipiritsa zipatala xza boma.

  13. Kodi mumayesa kuti ndife ma bank anu . Zikamavuta palibwino kungo salenda. Tikanasegula ma privet awulele inu uku mukulipisa kusukulu zabomazo. Mukulipilisa kudzipatala zaboma tisegula ma clinic awulele .Tiwonesana chaka chake ndichino

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  15. ndizowona zoti tinazolowera zawulere but think about poor people who need their childrens to go to school but they can’t afod it cause for them its too expensive why nw ? so think wise as for me I wish u as the gvt to increase some of tax for private instutions lyk schools so that the money which is inform of tax should used as the salary to primary teachers and then cancel the annual week payment which u gv mps and president so that the money u receive dairy u would manage to pay the doctors n police men n other wokers in public but I don’t think mp should receive more money than teachers mmmmmmm nah fair cause mmmmmmmmmm favouritism

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