20 August 2016 Last updated at: 7:13 AM
Malawi Muslims against increasing school hours
The Muslim Association of Malawi has expressed discontent over government’s decision the government made to extend learning hours in the country’s primary schools.
When announcing the extension in June, the ministry of education, science and technology expressed hope that the new learning hours will help schools to finish the syllabus in time.
But General Secretary for MAM Sheik Dinala Chabulika said extending hours is not a good way of finishing the syllabus.
He said there is a problem of hunger in the country so keeping a child from morning to the afternoon will render the child hungry and tired hence would not understand what the teach is teaching.
“I don’t think extending time for learning will do any good to the country’s education because keeping a child in school for a long time will make the child not to understand what is being taught and also considering the hunger situation in the country,” said Chabulika.
He added that the ministry of education should have consulted the organisation before instituting the extension.
However, some quarters hailed the ministry for the move saying this will improve education standards in the country.
The adjustment which is effective September 1 will see Standard 1 students 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.