Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka has hailed Paramount Chief M’mbelwa V for leading traditional leaders under him to formulate by-laws that have helped increase school enrolment in the district.
Msaka was spoke when he visited Kavitowo Primary School in Mzimba District to appreciate how learners are benefiting from Malawi Education Sector Improvement Project (Mesip).
He said the by-laws have helped parents to understand the importance of education.
Among other things, the by-laws impose punishment on any parent who fails to send their children to school.
“This project is promoting education for every child regardless of status. It is encouraging to see that the by-laws are also addressing this,” said Msaka.
He added that the ministry will improve teachers’ working conditions.
“The main aim of Mesip is to improve the quality of education and teachers’ welfare and we are going to train more teachers,” he said.
Msaka urged other chiefs in the country to emulate M’mbelwa’s example of prioritising children’s education.
M’mbelwa said he was happy to learn that many girls and boys are now going to school following the introduction of the by-laws.
Kavitowo Primary School head teacher Lazarus Mhango said he was happy with the project which constructed a classroom block worth K1.8 million. He said the block has eased congestion at the school. n