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.
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.