Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka says his ministry will start withdrawing teachers from schools with sub-standard infrastructure.
The minister was speaking in an interview on Friday on the sidelines of a handover ceremony of three classroom blocks and 280 desks donated by United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) at Dyeratu Primary School in Chikwawa.
The minister said the move is to ensure that communities build solid infrastructures using Local Development Fund (LDF), Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and District Development Fund (DDF) for the delivery of quality education in a safe environment.
Msaka said the ministry will be issuing circulars on this matter to district education managers (DEMs).
He said: “This is a journey we are determined to walk and we are not relenting. Our agenda is to create a citizenry that we can depend upon for the development and progress of Malawi’s tomorrow and, therefore, we want to provide accessible and quality education, and in doing that, infrastructure is key.”
In a separate interview, the school’s head teacher Felix Mbandambanda said the desks and classroom blocks will address the shortage of classrooms and desks at the school where some learners were learning under trees.
On his part, Unicef chief of basic education, youth and development Kimanzi Muthengi said they are committed to supporting efforts to uplift education standards.
“We have managed to fundraise from our partners in the United States and this goes a long way in covering the gap of desks and making children more comfortable as they learn,” he said.