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Csec faults schools for disrupting calendar

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By Patience Lunda:

Benedicto Kondowe

Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) has faulted some private schools for sending learners on holiday when Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations are underway.

Csec Executive Director, Benedicto Kondowe, said sending learners on holiday gives teachers a lot of work to catch up with other schools which remain open during the examinations’ period.

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“The mere fact that we have Form Four examinations does not entail the disruption of the learning process. This has been happening all along but is unfortunate because students are sent home for three weeks. The result is that teachers have to make up for class time lost during the holiday,” Kondowe said.

Kondowe urged the Ministry of Education to provide proper guidance to private schools on the issue.

Ministry of Education spokesperson, Lindiwe Chide, said private schools are allowed to let other students go on holiday upon seeking permission from the ministry.

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“Private schools are supposed to get authority from the ministry to let learners in other classes go on holiday when the school is used as an examination centre. The condition is that they are supposed to make up for classes when the examinations are over,” she said.

Independent Schools Association of Malawi President, Joseph Patel, said he would investigate the issue.

“It is unfortunate that some schools send non-examination classes on holiday because we had an agreement with the ministry that private and government schools would have a harmonised calendar. We will investigate this issue so that it does not happen again in the next examination,” he said.

MSCE examinations commenced on June 17 2019

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