Committee lobbies for education sector


Parliamentary Committee on Education has said persistent low funding to the education sector is negatively affecting improvement of education standards in the country.

Chairperson of the committee, Ellias Chakwera, said the development has led to minimal maintenance of school infrastructures and substandard blocks in both primary and community day secondary schools.

Chakwera was speaking at the end of a three-day conference of Southern Africa Association for Educational Assessment in Mangochi on Wednesday.


He said the University of Malawi, which started in the 1960s, is also failing to expand programmes as physical infrastructures have not been upgraded.

“Teaching and learning conditions in schools and institutions of higher learning have deteriorated over the last 20 years due to low levels of funding. At the same time, there has been limited expansion of public universities since 1994.

According to www.4icu. org Africa’s top 200 universities rankings of 2017, the University of Malawi is on position 100.


Chakwera said this is a sad development as counterparts at Dar es Salaam and the University of Zambia are ranked 28 and 76, respectively.

“When resources in education become scarce while the demand for education continues to grow, it is quality which fast decreases. It is not surprising that Malawi’s ranking in primary achievement at both regional and continental level has been quite low in recent years,” he said.

However, Executive Director for the regional assessment body, Michael Chilala, while acknowledging the challenges, said it is everybody’s duty to lobby for more funds towards education.

This was the 11th conference the body has organised in Sadc countries.

Meanwhile, Malawi has taken over leadership of the regional assessment body from Zambia and will lead for a year.

The conference, which was organised by Malawi National Examinations Board and Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (Icam), attracted researchers, curriculum developers, heads of examination boards and other education experts from about 15 countries.

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