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Resource constraints hamper secondary education access

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Benedicto Kondowe

By Wezzie Gausi:

The Ministry of Education has disclosed that 75 percent of secondary school-age children are not in school in the country due to limited resources.

Education Minister Agnes NyaLonje said this yesterday in Lilongwe, where she toured schools in the district to appreciate the progress of Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) examinations administration.

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“The country has five million learners in primary schools against 415,000 that are enrolled in secondary schools. The figures are worrisome and we, as the government, have put in place a number of measures to bridge the gap.

“We, however, need a lot of resources to bridge the gap between those in school and those not in school. We cannot talk about achieving Malawi 2063 with the youths failing to attain secondary school education,” NyaLonje said.

She added that they were constructing additional schools and using online platforms to enrol more learners.

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“The population of people is growing faster than the minimal resources the country can permit. And, again, 75 percent of the population is that of youths that are failing to further their education after completion of primary school education,” she added.

Civil Society Education Coalition Chairperson Benedicto Kondowe described the statistics are worrisome.

He said the government needed to address the problem or else the next generation would be full of poorly educated people..

“These figures have been there for some time now and we are hoping that something will be done about it fast. Let the government allocate more resources to the education sector, considering its importance to national development,” Kondowe said.

During the tour, the minister visited Likuni Boys and Likuni Girls secondary schools, where close to 150 learners are sitting JCE examinations.

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