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Achievements of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology: 2004 - 2009

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology registered the following achievements during the period 2004 to 2009 in line with its mandate:

1. Basic and Secondary Education

  • A total of 21,690 primary school teachers and 2,373 secondary school teachers were trained and deployed in the system. More teachers are being deployed to the rural areas where there is shortage of teaching staff.
  • A total of 1,080 classrooms were constructed country wide.
  • A total 1,000 teachers houses were constructed county wide
  • A substantial amount of teaching and learning materials were distributed to most schools. Currently the pupil: textbook ratio in the schools where the materials were distributed is at 1:1. Schools have also been able to purchase supplementary materials through the Direct Support to School Programme funded by the World Bank.
  • Roll out of the new primary curriculum started in 2007. To date the curriculum has been rolled out in STD 1, 2, 5 and 6. All teachers for these levels were orientated and materials for all the classes were provided. Roll out will continue in 2009 with STDs 3 & 7. Currently teachers for these levels are undergoing orientation and distribution of materials to all schools is in progress.
  • A programme involving the construction of girls hostels, kitchen and maize mill at secondary schools started with the construction at 10 schools.
  • Five teacher training colleges have been rehabilitated and expanded. This will allow the ministry to enroll more teacher trainees especially females
  • Construction of 20 secondary schools with funding from the World Bank was completed.
  • Decentralization guidelines for the ministry were developed and primary schools were officially devolved to local assemblies.
  • The Guidance and Counseling Centre for Africa was officially opened by the His Excellency the President, Ngwazi Professor Bingu Wa Mutharika.
  • The National Strategy for Community Participation in the Provision of Education was launched. This strategy is a practical commitment to elevating the role of communities in school management.
  • The Ministry developed the National Education Sector Plan, 2008-2017 period. Implementation of the plan commenced in the 2008/09 Financial Year.
  • The School Health and Nutrition Programme was officially launched. All school going children received micro nutrients. Implementation of the school feeding programme was also continued. By the end of 2008 a total of 984 schools were on the programme benefiting over 900,000 children. The programme has tremendously improved the retention and performance of pupils in schools.
  • Over 1000 school managers were trained in school management country wide
  • The review of the Education Act was finalized

2. Higher Education

  • The Bill on the establishment of the Council for Higher Education was finalized.
  • The Ministry has constructed and equipped computer laboratories in the existing technical colleges and sourced new equipment through TEVETA.
  • Twenty One lecturers from Mzuzu University and University of Malawi were trained at Masters and Doctorate degree levels  Under Education Sector Support Programme, funded by the World Bank. Eight lecturers were trained at PhD level and 13 lecturers at Masters level.
  • A pilot project on the running of motor vehicles on ethanol as opposed to petrol started at Lilongwe Technical College.
  • The Ministry continued to facilitate preparatory work for the establishment of the Lilongwe University of Science and Technology.
  • In liaison with the University of Malawi and Mzuzu University, the Ministry commenced consultations on the review of the university curriculum to make the education in higher learning institutions relevant to the development needs of the country and globally.
  • Through the Education Sector Support Programme (ESSUP) the ministry will facilitate the expansion the Faculty of Education at the Polytechnic and Chancellor College of the University of Malawi and at Mzuzu University to increase the intake of students pursuing education degree programmes.
 
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