Malawi government defers new school fees regime

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The ministry of education, science and technology has deferred the implementation of fee increase in public secondary schools after Parliament last year passed a motion stopping the executive from hiking school fees.

In September 2015, government announced a new fees regime which would have seen students at national secondary schools paying K85,000, those at district secondary schools parting with K35,000 while community day secondary school students would have been paying K11,000.

Junior Certificate of Education

Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano: Minister of Education.

The ministry has, however, stopped the increase of the fees for now and says that students who had already paid the new fees will have the balance carried over to subsequent terms.

In December last year, Parliament passed a motion stopping government from increasing school fees in the country. Member of Parliament for Salima Central, Felix Jumbe, who moved the motion, said it would be unfair for government to raise fees when many Malawians are experiencing hunger and financial challenges.

Speaking to the Daily Times last week, Jumbe said a fee hike would be unfair on the citizens who are struggling economically.

He said: “If you ask the government to fund a certain project today, they will tell you that they have no money. So, it is the same thing with people. I don’t think it is fair to excessively demand from people what they cannot afford. The people of Malawi are getting impoverished at a very high rate and raising school fees in the current situation cannot be justified.”

When it raised the fees, the ministry of education, science and technology justified the hike saying it will greatly assist schools to improve education standards by providing adequate teaching and learning materials.

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  1. Malawian youth wont even strike for #feesMustFall… the worst Country ave ever seen.. the Government is doing Nothing to its pple but just increasing Shit…

    Fuck Peter ….

  2. Ulamuliro wauchitsiru ofuna kubera osauka.Tithokoze Mcp ndi azanu pofunira anthu anu zabwino.Boma lanji lofuna kubera osauka mmalo mothandiza?. Anthu odzikonda inu zitsiru.

  3. The opposition we have this year stands out the best than all the opposition we have had before. Big up MCP,and others. As for gvt, curry on but we shall meet.

  4. Open the link pliz,don’t just writes your comments,this will be my first big up to this rotten govt,am ready to go to school now because i’ll afford to pay school fees now.

  5. zilbwno bas alyense mmene waymvera englsh ku commenta bas kkkkkkkk(koma amalawife anthu amatwelengera pa englsh2 kaya zakhalaso bwanj? zandidabwtsa)

  6. Nyamakumutu,
    U must b a witch, a wizard, a wolf in goatskin, a devil’s incarnate.
    Mukakhala pamsana pa njovu musayese kuti kunja kulibe mame.
    Tchula mkango kwera m’mtengo bcoz soon n ver soon ur turn wil come 4 ur lifestyle to turn around n feel what the less previlaged go thru.

  7. pangani zimene mukufuna ovutika ndife olo tinaphunzira ntchito kusowa! tipite kunja visa mtengo mwakweza komanso malamulo ambiri! titsale muno njala! mukufuna titan ifeee???

  8. Kodi ndizoonadi kuti sukulu ya urere ija pano akulipiritsa ndie sanachedwe kuyambitsa kulipirakotu, akanati aziteroso akati timanga mseu kapena chipatala mkumachitikadi ngati mene apangira polipiritsa ana sukulu ngakhale ndi omwe sangathe bwezi zilibwino koma hmmmmm apeza kosusa kwa tsopano kamgodi ka fresh kkkkkkkk

  9. Ma MP mukamadya ndikukhuta makomo mwanu musaone ngt tonse tikukhuta ai ,malo muthandza anthu ovutkafe ndipamene mukuonjezera vuto kwa amalawi why?

  10. kkk apatu english ikuvuta kumvetsetsa ndimmomwe fanz ina ikukomentela ndi nkhani yi parrallel malo moyamikira boma akunyodza boma kkk manyasa

  11. Ngakhale kuti xul fees aitsitsaso,eya zili bwino,komabe mzodabwitsa kuti ma xul akumudzi akumalipira mokwelelapo poyerekeza ndima xul a mtown,sikundidziwa kuti chimachitika ndi chiani?

  12. zoona ma freinds,this gov z putng ppoz viewz at heart,no gd education while the feez are high,,tingoyamika zikomo dpp,,2019 boma!

  13. Why should the excutive raise school fees… When the country’s economy is lagging behind……. That shit doesn’t add up

  14. Kkkkkkkkk chingerezi chavuta kumva. I can see it by ur comments guys. Instead of applauding de govt, some people are busy “ife school fees tikayipeza kuti?”

    • Bwana nanga palichifukwa choseka kuti chingerezi chavuta? Osangowa konza kuti amvetse enawo.bola akanalakwitsa chichewa.tinayenera kuseka koma dzilankhulo dzaukapolozi ndizofunika kumakhala nazo opanda nazo chidwi.chifukwa iwowo azungu alibe chidwi ndichichewa chathuchi.tsiku labwino abwana.

    • Koma choikira ndemanga ndi chani ngati zinthu zomwe zalembedwazo sukuzimvetsa? Ndemanga za anthu zimayenera kugwirizana ndi nkhani yomwe yalembedwayi

    • I think that ‘ife tikaitenga kuti fees?’ is said considering the possibility that if the govt had insisted on raising the school fees. Ndi ka reflection chabe kuti zikanakhala zachitika. Chichewa nchovuta adha and in this case chakupeta.

    • Kumuseka munthu chifukwa cha poor grammar does not take us anywhere.We have people whose grammar sounds perfect but when it comes to comment they are poor.Some others too they do not even comment but what they know is to analys poor grammar.But, who realy perfect?Tisamachitisane manyazi.

    • Mawuwo akumveka bwino tikaitenga kuti? Kusonyeza kuti ndaramayo yachuluka.komanso mwapeleka chitsanzo choti ku nyumba ya malamulo amasekana zimene ndiye tikudandaulazo kuti akanaponyako chichewa adzimvana zomwe akukambirana ngati ku europe asia ndi ameleka maiko am’menemo amalankhula zilankhulo zakwina? Mu africa momuno maiko ambiri akumakamba zilankhulo zawo,kunyumba yamalamulo.vuto ndiloti kulibe chinthu ungapange chanzeru kupyolera muchilankhulo chobwerekera m’malo mwachilankhulo cha makolo chomwe unabadwira. Ndichifukwa anthu timaganiza molakwika munthu akati wophunzira ndiyekuti alankhule chingelezi.kuyiwala kuti ndichilankhulo.nanga kwa amene chingeleziwo ndichilankhulo chawo kale amawadziwira chani? Nkhani ndiyoti tikufuna chichewa ku sukulu ku nyumba yamalamulo titangotelo dzikolino lingasinthe pa nthawi yochepa.awo ndimaganizo anga mabwana anga. Pa nkhaniyi.

    • @Moreen nkhani yakula apapa ndi kuikira ndemanga nkhani yoti sunaimvetse kuti ikuti chani. In this case defering fees hike akumvetsedwa molakwika. Ena akuganiza kuti boma lakweza school fees which is the opposite. Osati grammar or whatsoever koma understanding ndiyomwe yativuta. Mwina zitha kukhala zoona kuti titamagwiritsa chiyankhulo chathu ngati official language titha kutukuka potengera kuti tikufuna kutukula chani. Koma ku Chuma sindikuganiza kuti chichewa chingatipangtse kukhala otukuka.

    • Kambani za mutu wankhani basi izi zatha English idzalankhulidwa mpaka kale kale ndi maiko angati amene sayankhula English, portuquese kapena French muno mu Africa ziyankhulo zitatu izi ndi zomwe maiko amuno mu africa akugwiritsa ntchito ngati official languaga koma ndi zobwera, mukanena kwa america, Europe ndi Asia nkumene kuli chimidzi swagga.

    • Munthu azinyadira mother tongue yake chizungu chinayesa ku bwera pa boat osatinso pandege ayi all the way frm England mnyanja mpakana ku Malawi timayesa kuphunzira izizi ndizimene zimangisa anthu kusayankhula chizungu kutengana ma mistake even ku xool mwana answer akuyidziwa kma kut anene amawopa andiseka ndikalakwitsa chizungu ndichifukwa maiko ngat zambia,zimbabwe,Rsa pafupifupi aliyense ngakhale ana amalankhula why? Kuli kut wayikapo was mmalo mwa is choncho munthu umazolowera mantha amatha ine nde ndimangonena akamatseka ndapita ndimangoti zawoizo adziseka ana azungu

  15. I don’t think so. The same people are paying in private schools just a nursery school alone people are paying over MK50,000. Some students who are selected to he grant aided schools are paying around 80,000 just because they did not get a chance of being selected to government schools. Why should those who are also Malawian be paying for that while heir counterparts are privileged to pay less. What would be good to pay that amount and add school material or teacher than not paying that amount and have no school materials and less teacher. Some have already paid that and what you should have done is to come up with a bursary for the needy students than regressing from the good plans. Manthatu awa.

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