…2 hours added to Standard 1
Amid criticism of the country’s education standards, Malawi government through the Ministry of Education Science and Technology has adjusted primary school timetable effective 5th September, 2016.
The adjustment has seen Standard 1 students scheduled to be knocking off at 12:00 from 10:40 on the current timetable.
Standards 2, 3 and 4 learners will now be knocking off at 13:50 from 12:30 while senior classes of standard 5 up to 8 are now to be closing doors of their classrooms at 14:30.
The change has been stipulated per Education Act 2013, section 72.
Government has since urged all education institutions, stakeholders and the general public to be committed in providing their support to ensuring that the policy is complied with.
Malawi was deemed to have the shortest learning hours in the SADC region, a development that was seen to be fuelling poor education standards in the country.