Chanco Opening: Injunctions Blocking
Written by Gabriel Kamlomo Friday, 04 November 2011 16:16
Government says it expects that all injunctions that stood in the way of the re-opening of Chancellor College will be removed to enable the system properly process all the requirements for the re-opening of the college after eight months.
Education minister Dr. George Chaponda said this to reporters November 4 in Lilongwe on arrival from Paris, France where he led a delegation to the 36th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO held between Oct 25-Nov 10.
He said he was happy to learn that in fact, the lecturers are willing to have the injunctions removed and allow for the expected processes to start rolling.
Minister Chaponda, however, acknowledged that issues of curriculum, intake and other matters are governed by the University Council and that government only comes in as a monitor and overseer “and not necessarily an active player….”
“I am happy that His Excellency ...Professor Bingu wa Mutharika made such an order and especially that he noted that the student’s right to education was being violated here. That is what is important to bear in mind,” said Dr. Chaponda.
Meanwhile, the Malawi government will soon be re-introducing for intermediate in some traditional secondary schools in Malawi as one way of promoting science subjects.
Education minister Dr. George Chaponda disclosed this to reporters on arrival from Paris, France where he led a delegation to the 36th Session of the General Conference of the UNESCO which begun on October 25 to November 10th.
“We are encouraging the learning of science and technology in our schools. For this reason, some traditional schools in Malawi such as Blantyre, Dedza, Lilongwe girls and Mzuzu government secondary schools will revert to having form five and emphasize on sciences,” Dr. Chaponda told reporters in Lilongwe November 4.
The minister was responding to queries on why student performance in public secondary schools has plummeted compared to mission and private schools.
On his part Education PS Simeon Hau said although the mission schools have indeed generally performed well in the past two-three years, government secondary schools have again begun returning to their previous positions.
In 2010 MSCE examinations, for example, no single girl student managed to get six points from any public secondary school throughout Malawi.
At the conference, Malawi was elected as UNESCO Executive Board member which is one of the two governing organs for UNESCO besides the General Conference.
The development means that Malawi will now have an opportunity to participate in the formulation of the next UNESCO medium-term strategy on which UNESCO programmes for the next eight years will be established.
Dr. Chaponda said he was particularly impressed that among the nations that voted for Malawi to be in the executive board was the United Kingdom.
“This is extremely important as it avails Malawi the opportunity to participate in formulating the next UNESCO medium-term strategy on which its programmes for the next eight years will be built,” said Dr. Chaponda.
Minister Chaponda told reporters that at the conference, UNESCO undertook to support Malawi in attaining education for all through teacher training and teacher development deployment strategies, continued technical and vocational education reform through the Better Education for Africa project and capacity building in monitoring and evaluation.
Dr. Chaponda said in Science and Technology UNESCO committed support in reviewing and operationalizing the cience technology and innovation policy, reviewing of the renewable energies policy and establishment of pilot solar village.
“There were also issues on social and human sciences, culture and communication where there was stress on the importance of collaboration with UNESCO on the promotion of the UNESCO model curricula on journalism,” he said. - Zodiak Online
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