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Whistle blower seeks ACB Protection

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A secondary school teacher, who spilled beans that some head teachers and education division managers were enrolling illegal students into public secondary schools, has sought the protection of the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB).

The Rumphi Secondary School teacher, Benson Mhango, has since written the ACB registering his concerns over how the Ministry of Education is treating him after revealing the issue.

“The ministry, with the influence of director for secondary school education, has issued a directive forcing me to teach at my home [district] school,” writes Mhango in a letter copied to Teachers Union Secretariat, the Ombudsman and the Education Division Manager for the Northern Region.

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The Education Ministry spokesperson, Manfred Ndovi, told Malawi News that he knows about the issue of the Rumphi Secondary teacher as they had sent investigators to the school.

He asked for more time to find out from those who went to the North to establish what transpired.

“I hereby ask for protection from ACB because it seems the people involved in the syndicate have waged war against me. I am ready for a normal posting. In fact, I have assisted the ministry in curbing the malpractice and I don’t deserve a [sic] punishment,” argues Mhango in his letter.

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ACB Senior Public Relations Officer, Egrita Ndala, confirmed that the Bureau has received a complaint that Mhango is being victimised.

“The Bureau will investigate if the issue of victimisation is true so that it can take necessary action as stipulated in Section 51 (a) of the Corrupt Practices Act,” said Ndala.

She also said the Bureau has received a complaint of alleged illegal enrolment of secondary school students and that investigation is under way.

Ministry of Education Science and Technology Principal Secretary, Charles Msosa, admitted through a press statement this week that the government has learnt with regret that some head teachers and education division managers are illegally admitting students into public secondary schools.

He has since reminded all head teachers and education division managers involved in this malpractice that this is a serious act of misconduct.

“Admissions [sic] of students in public secondary schools is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education Science and Technology  and this task has never been devolved to Education Divisions at any point in time let alone head teachers of secondary schools,” said Msosa in a statement.

“The ministry will continue conducting its routine enrolment audits in all public schools to ensure compliance to this requirement and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any head teacher or education division manager who will be involved in admitting students in any public secondary schools outside of the set practice,” warned Msosa.

Mhango, however, said what surprised him was that although the ministry used the information he gave it to come up with the statement, he is not being appreciated.

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