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‘Peter Mutharika’s appointment opens up opportunities’

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The Ministry of Education Science and Technology spokesperson Manfred Ndovi has said the appointment of President Peter Mutharika as Champion for Higher Education in Africa will put Malawi on the map.

Ndovi made the remarks after he was asked to comment on the benefits Mutharika’s appointment to the country.

Last week, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (Ruforum), a consortium of 46 African universities, installed Mutharika as Champion for Higher Education at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.

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“It will help a lot in the management of higher education in the country and it will also help in promoting the quality of education. Malawi will also be able to lobby for finances from international organisations,” said Ndovi.

He said people in other countries will also know what is happening in Malawi.

Ndovi further said the recognition will also assist in creating an enabling environment which will help Malawi to compete with other universities.

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Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) Executive Director, Benedicto Kondowe, described the move as a great opportunity for Malawi to reduce inefficiencies which the education sector is currently facing.

“It shows that they recognise him as an academician which is good for the image of the country. But the position comes with a responsibility because he needs to demonstrate his works. We want to see him delivering in the education sector,” he said.

Kondowe further said it is obvious that Malawians have high expectations in the education sector with the current position of the President.

He, therefore, urged government to capitalise on it by showcasing capabilities in the education sector by, among other things, coming up with policy reforms, financing systems and reducing inefficiencies that are negatively affecting the sector.

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