Expert Urges Govt Rethink Free Primary Education
The founder of the Mzuzu International Academy has suggested that Malawi should revisit the policy on free primary school education in public schools if students are to access quality education in the country.
Anna Keys Msowoya notes that most public schools are lacking various infrastructure and material needs, like books hence, a little payment could make a difference in sustaining quality education in the institutions.
"Government is already doing commendable things. But we should be able to reflect and see our needs in those schools. So, if parents can be paying school fees in primary schools, some of the problems there can be reduced,” said Keys Msowoya.
Keys Msowoya said this on Tuesday after officials from United States of America-based Maloto Foundation visited Mzuzu International Academy where they pay for scholarships for orphans and vulnerable children drawn from various parts of the city.
Head of the Board for the Foundation Claire Johnson noted that despite their fundraising drive for the children back in the USA is going on well, but the 25% devaluation of Malawi's currency has negatively affected them in meeting some costs.
Said Johnson: "We appreciate what is happening. Although devaluation of the local currency has hugely affected us here in Malawi. We will keep fundraising though so that those who cannot afford quality education can be helped to attain it.”
Malawi first introduced free primary school education in 1994 to increase access to education, eliminate inequalities in participation, and increase public appreciation of the importance of education in the country.