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Chakwera rues Malawians’ disregard of ethics, morality

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By Mandy Pondani

President Lazarus Chakwera has called for ethical leadership in all the sectors in Malawi and at various levels, saying that is what the country needs for its socio-economic development.

Chakwera said yesterday that challenges that Malawi is facing are a direct result of decades of ethical compromises which have led to multiple moral crises.

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The President was speaking when he presided over the 27th graduation for the African Bible College (ABC), where he also said Malawi has systemic problems that have remained unsolved for many years.

“In the education sector, tens of thousands of students are failing to pass secondary school examinations each year because the quality of teaching they receive is poor, but the reason the quality of teaching is poor is because leaders of many schools made ethical compromises, allowing a culture of cheating to prevail, which in turn makes the training of teachers less of a priority.

“You cannot allow people to cheat in examinations for decades and expect to have quality and employable graduates,” Chakwera said.

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Citing an example of failures in agriculture productivity, the President said it is sad that for years authorities have failed to put in place necessary policies to safeguard nature against occurrences such as soil degradation, thereby leading to perennial cycles of hunger.

He said if such compromises are not corrected, the country might continue to face problems such as intermittent power supply because the energy sector is manned by people who have no regard for morals and ethics, such that they divert resources meant to boost the energy production to other uses.

“There is a link to the unresolved status of the problems and ethical compromises made by key leaders and players in various sectors. That is why I say that the quality of leadership this country needs in every sector is one of uncompromising ethics. Malawi’s greatest need in this hour is quality leadership; I mean leadership that takes initiative. Many sectors of our society are failing to make progress because too many people are unwilling to be the first to initiate change,” he added.

Chakwera then challenged the graduates and Malawians in general to stop being cry-babies but have faith that the problems that Malawi is facing such as corruption, nepotism and the ailing economy can be fixed.

Speaking earlier, Deputy Minister of Education Monica Chang’anamuno said government is committed to providing the much-needed human capital for attainment of the Malawi 2063 development agenda, through quality education.

ACB chancellor, Paul Chinchen, hailed government for the support it continues to render to the college through accreditation of its programmes and hiring of its graduates, among others.

He then presented to the President the inaugural ‘Jack Chinchen’ (Paul’s father) award in recognition of what he called Chakwera’s outstanding servant leadership.

“By being the first recipient of this award, you have set the standards of who is to receive this award in the future,” Chinchen said.

ABC opened its doors in 1995 with a pioneer programme in Christian Leadership and has throughout the years grown and expanded to offering Bachelors and Masters degrees in various fields.

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