Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

31 October 2013

Malawi Parliament Passes Education Bill

Lilongwe — Parliament on Thursday passed the Education Bill which among others aims at reinforcing compulsory primary school education.

The bill which has been passed without any amendments was supported fully by almost every Member of Parliament arguing that it is very crucial to the education sector.

Speaking the passing of the bill, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Lucious Kanyumba said that the passing of the bill has laid first steps to the promotion of the education in the country.

He said that although the bill has been passed, it will still take time for the Ministry to start implementing it, saying that they still need to lay down some rules and regulations for the implementation of compulsory primary school education in the country.

"A lot of Members of Parliament were worried on how we are going to implement the compulsory education in the country, according to section 106 of the bill it gives the ministry powers to make rules and regulations that will be used in the implementation of the bill.

"For that reason our Ministry will sit down and write down those rules and regulations before we start using the bill and we will make sure that these rules favour all Malawians at all levels," said Kanyumba.

Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Cornelius Mwalwanda in his contributing remarks to the bill, he emphasized the need for Government to promote Early Child Development (ECD) classes to compliment the compulsory primary school education.

He said that it is only through starting at the grass root level that the country can achieve quality and modern education in the country.

He further opted for development of our own curriculums in schools instead of copying from other countries and introduction of computer classes.

The Bill apart from reinforcement of compulsory primary education it also talks about remodeling schools, increase the number of teachers and building more classrooms.

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