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Bright Msaka deplores state of school infrastructure

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Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Bright Msaka, has said poor infrastructure continues to frustrate efforts aimed at promoting quality education.

Speaking when he visited Mzuzu University (Mzuni), where he inspected works in the Higher Education, Science and Technology Project being implemented at the public university, Msaka said the government’s vision is to transform Malawi from a predominantly importing and consuming country to a net producer and exporter.

He, then, said, through the $29.45 million project — which is focusing on Mzuni and the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College and The Polytechnic — the government is committed to fulfilling its mission of popularising education as capital for human development.

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“The government of Malawi initiated this project knowing that the world is going to be science-based and to begin to improve the capacity of our universities to deliver on research, technology and the teaching of science,” he said.

Msaka said the facility would be used as an open distance learning institution (ODL).

“The purpose is that of reaching to as many students as possible so that they do not have to come here. As you know, if we were to accommodate every child wanting to go to university, we would not have the space,” he said.

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Mzuni Deputy Vice- Chancellor, Fred Msiska, said the ODL facilities would support the provision of services such as e-library internet services and web hosting.

“This will be very key in running programmes through open and distance learning because it will enable us to, apart from relying on the old age printing instructional modules, run through what is normally referred to as e-learning,” Msiska said.

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