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Ministry of Education re-opens closed secondary schools

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By Khumbo Kaliwo:

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology William Susuwere Banda has announced the opening of four schools that were closed because of disciplinary issues in 2019.

Among the schools are Rumphi Secondary School, Lunzu Secondary School, St. Michaels Girls Secondary School, and Magawa Secondary School where students vandalised and torched the school premises.

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Speaking during a media briefing in Lilongwe on Friday, the minister said the schools are expected to open on 6 January and he called upon parents and guardians to play their rightful role in counselling their children to refrain from vandalising school property when there are disagreements with school management.

“Vandalising school property should be condemned in the strongest terms because it is retrogressive to the school, community and the country at large. Students in the schools need to be disciplined and avoid destroying school property when they have issues to avoid closing of schools,” Banda said.

The Minister of Education also appealed to head teachers and their school management to resolve any grievances raised by students with speed to avoid issues escalating into violence and vandalism.

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Banda has however disclosed the opening of Machinga Secondary School, which has just been constructed with funding from Malawi Government, will delay.

He said the school is expected to open on 13 January 2020 and the ministry selected form one and form two students who are expected to report for classes.

Banda clarified that his ministry did not use quota system when selecting students to schools during the second selection.

“The selection is strictly based on the principle of merit in all categories of secondary schools,” he said.

He said this means that students were not confined to their education division but spread to other divisions for the purpose of building national unity.

A total of 17,831 students were selected into various secondary schools to fill the gaps created by those who did not report.

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