Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE—Malawi government is set to amend the 1962 Education Act.
Education Minister Eunice Kazembe on Thursday introduced in the House education draft bill which seeks to improve education standards and efficiency in the provision of education in the country.
Kazembe described the current education law as irrelevant and needed to be amended to ensure efficiency and quality of education.
The bill also proposes that all teachers in government and private schools should be licensed to ably execute their expected duties.
“The current Act was put in place in 1962, way back before Malawi became independent, and even before Malawi became a democratic country. It was enacted before the proliferation of private schools.
“As such, we need a new law that can improve the quality and efficiency in provision of education in the country,” said Kazembe.
The bill further proposes the creation of education advisory council and full time education inspectors, among others.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Ken Lipenga is on Friday afternoon expected to present his mid-year budget statement.
The statement comes at a time when civil servants and nurses are demanding salary hikes and improvement of other conditions of service.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013