Poor policies contributing to poor education in developing countries – Kikwete


Tanzania’s former president Jakaya Kikwete says poor education policies in developing countries in Africa are contributing to poor education status in the continent.

Kikwete, who is Commissioner for Global Education, said the remarks at the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe when he presented a report on the commission to President Peter Mutharika.

Kikwete with Mutharika during the meeting.

Kikwete with Mutharika during the meeting.

Kikwete said the current education standards in low and medium countries were at the level of all developed countries were 70 years ago.

“There are number of reasons that are making developing countries to lag behind and the commission has found out that Africa is home to 38 poorest countries of the world’s 48.” Said Kikwete.

“Our policies, management and resource allocation also contribute to poor education standards,” Kikwete said.

Kikwete stressed that there is need to invest in education so that by 2040, low and medium countries would catch up with developed countries.

According to Kikwete, if the situation would be left unchecked, some countries would take 90 to 120 years to attain proper education standards.

“The commission has set five learners’ generation vision priorities to reach its goals by 2040, by allowing all children to have access to quality early childhood development, universal primary and secondary school education.” Said ex- Tanzanian president.

He said during 10 years of their learning, children should have functional literacy. They should be able to read, write and have arithmetic with proper transition from secondary school to tertiary level among other things.

Later Kikwete commended Malawi that it is doing better in resource allocation to education as government provides 17 per cent of its budget, compared to other developing countries that only provide 10 per cent.

Speaking at the same function President Mutharika said that as one of the pioneer countries, Malawi would do all it could to make sure that it succeeded.

According to Mutharika Malawi relied on education so there is a need to improve policies and education standards.

The Commission for Global Education was instituted by five global leaders including Mutharika, the Prime Minister of Norway and President of Indonesia.

Malawi is also among the 14 pioneer countries of the Commission for Global Education.



  1. Its Indeed Very True Some Of These Policies Wil Nt Take Us Anywere How Can A Teacher Enjoy His/her Work With Little Money He/she Recieves?Shame To Ths Dpp Gov Wh Said During Campaign That Aphuzits Adzasiya Kulandra Change Nanga Ich Nchyan?

  2. May be the reason is the regulary change of carriculum.Aren’t u remembering the kamuzu’s educational system,Do APM want demorish it while he went on good education koma matchona ndi opusa eti!

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  4. When will Malawi be Malawi? Over 54 years nothing is changing lets b together 4get about plitcs,Ihope this can b A,R,V of poverty in this third poores nation in the Woriod;)

  5. Witn 10yrs of good education you will have a generation of clever people. So why isnt it being done after such a long time??????

  6. To the contrarly dpp’s best policies to its pple is to put them in severe straights and hiking fees then clozing the colleges and expect malawi to compete fairly on academic indexs!

  7. This is true. Especially Malawian education system and policy is a total trash! It is a cause of poverty in Malawi. I really pity my country Malawi. Economics is the management and utilization or scarce resources to achieve a maximum (optimal) outcome for the same. But we waste resources not utilizing them to maximum outcome. How can education keep a child for 24 years in school and expect him to retire at 55 years (31 years of service)? Let the school leaving age be reduced in order to increase labor force! Labor, Capital and natural resources are only production factors that our education system could have took into consideration!

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