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Kiswell Dakamau out of Education Ministry


Benedicto Kondowe

By Deogratias Mmana:

Barely a week after directors were kicked out of the Ministry of Education, Principal Secretary for Administration Kiswell Dakamau’s turn came earlier in the week.

Dakamau was part of the Ministry of Education team that negotiated with Teachers Union of Malawi leaders to end teachers’ two-week strike.

Ministry of Education spokesperson Chikondi Chimala could not confirm the development but said Dakamau did not report for duties Wednesday.

He said there was no official communication on the matter.

When contacted, Dakamau neither denied nor confirmed the development.

“I am aware that the matter has created anxiety in the general public. I’m having phone calls from all over [the place] but my response has been the same. Such matters are internal public service management matters between employer and employee,” he said.

We have, however, learned that Dakamau’s name was removed from the list of participants at a meeting between World Food Programme and Ministry of Education officials scheduled for today.

Last week, the government reassigned Ministry of Education directors to other institutions.

Those reshuffled include Samson Macjessie Mbewe, Director of Higher Education, who has returned to Chancellor College; Hilary Namainja, Director of Administration who has been posted to the Ministry of Environment; Rhodwell Mzonde, Director of Education Planning, who has been redeployed to the Ministry of Agriculture.

Gossam Mafuta, who was Director of Basic Education, has been assigned to Domasi College of Education and Ruth Samati-Kambali, Director of Secondary Education, is going to Nalikule College of Education as lecturer.

Nairet Mollande, who was deputy director in the ministry, was redeployed to the Malawi Institute of Education.

Civil Society Education Coalition Executive Director Benedicto Kondowe last week described the transfers at the Ministry of Education as worrying.

“The transfers will create unnecessary gaps in the implementation of the ministry’s values,” he said.

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