President Lazarus Chakwera has bemoaned the country’s messy education system, saying it will take time to be fixed.
Speaking when he presided over Kamuzu Academy Founders Day celebration yesterday in Kasungu, which Vice-President Saulos Chilima also attended, the President said the country’s education system needs to produce people who can break barriers.
Chakwera said the country should by now have had many public schools of Kamuzu Academy standards, but instead the country has an education system full of rubble and mediocrity that will take time to be fixed.
He said Kamuzu Academy is a force to reckon with when it comes to education standards and breaking barriers. The President said the school has produced several graduates such as Speaker of National Assembly Catherine Gotani Hara who made history by becoming the country’s first female Speaker.
“The true measure of quality of education delivered here or anywhere in that matter is not in the strength of the curriculum nor is the credentials of the teachers who facilitate it, but the kind of men and women that education produces.
“In short, what has always set this institution apart is the ability of utility of its students to the project of national building that awaits them. For us as a people, the work of national building is far from then. Even though my administration has been entrusted with the power of building a new Malawi, there are many obstacles that we must remove,” he said.
Chakwera said the country needs fine men and women who have the capacity to lead the country to greater heights.
He called on the students at the school to dream big and break barriers, too.
Minister of Education Agness Nyalonje hailed former president Hastings Kamuzu Banda for prioritising quality education.
Kamuzu Academy head teacher Andrew Wild said Banda wanted to develop leaders; hence, the decision to build the school.
He said the school has not only benefited Malawians but also people from other countries.
The school, recognised internationally, was established in 1981 and since then, it has remained one of the best schools in the country.
Every year the school celebrates Founders Day which falls on November 21 but this year was celebrated on