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Education still donor dependent

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Limbani Nsapato

By Wezzie Gausi:

Barely a day after the country celebrated 57 years of independence, organisations in the education sector have bemoaned the country’s continuous dependence on donors to run the education sector.

The sentiments come at a time National Statistical Office findings indicate that the country has 4.7 million illiterate adults and 2.4 million children of primary and secondary school-going age who are out of school.

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The country is short of 52,459 teachers to reach a learner-teacher ratio of 40:1, yet the country has over 8,000 IPTE teachers sitting idle because the government cannot recruit them.

Country Director for Edukans Limbani Nsapato said 57 years down the lane of independence, 70 percent of the education development budget was still heavily dependent on development partners, with former colonial master Britain still among the biggest contributors to the country’s education budget.

He said Malawi 2063, just like Vision 2020, calls for self-reliance but its goals risked being missed if Malawians continued with their business-as-usual approach to things.

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“The Tonse administration has an opportunity to bring new hope to millions of illiterate adults and out-of-school children in the run-up to 2025,” Nsapato said.

Recently, Parliament approved the K1.9 trillion 2021/22 financial year budget, which allocated at least K327.3 billion to the education sector.

However, the allocation is just 50 percent of the K650 billion estimate made in the National Education Sector Plan for 2021/2022.

Ministry of Education spokesperson Chikondi Chimala asked for more time to give his comment.

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