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Government warns on education standards

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has said it will not hesitate to close any educational institution that does not adhere to minimum set standards.

At a press conference in Lilongwe Wednesday, Minister of Education, Science and Technology Emmanuel Fabiano said they have observed that there is lack of uniformity in enhancing the standards.

He said the government wants all learners to be equipped with knowledge, skills and values to be self-reliant and to contribute to national development.

“The schools that don’t meet standards, these are the minimum standards, it does not matter whether they are owned by the government or they are owned by private institutions, we will close them, unless the deficiencies are small, to the extent that they can make improvements within three to six months depending on the situation,” he said.

He said the government takes appropriate action to improve its institutions, but it is a challenge when private institutions are asked to do the same.

“If a [private] school is closed, if a [private] college is closed, they are worried that they will be losing earnings. But for the government, we are not worried about losing earnings. We are more concerned about the education that the students acquire,” he said.

The three set of standards that the government wants institutions—both public and private—to adhere to are National Standards for Primary and Secondary Schools, National Standards for Teacher Education and National Standards for higher Education.

Advisors and inspectors from the Department of Inspectorate and Advisory Services and quality assurance officials from the National Council for Higher Education will be monitoring adherence to the standards.

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