Plans and Programmes for the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology: 2009 - 2014

Plans for the Future
In pursuit of surpassing the achievements that the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has realized between 2004 and 2009, and ensuring that education progress does not falter, the Government through the Ministry has developed the National Education Sector Plan (2008-2017), on the foundation of equitable access, relevant quality and management and governance in order to improve the Malawian education system. In a nutshell, the following strategies are indicative of the planned future:-

A. Basic Education (Primary)

1. Infrastructure

  • Construction of classrooms/schools to reach a 1 classroom to 40 pupils ratio,
  • Construction of teachers' houses,
  • Construction of latrines, boreholes, staff rooms, libraries and recreation halls, and
  • Construction of additional Teacher Development Centres (TDCs)

2. Supply of teaching and learning materials

  • Provision of textbook in order to attain a 1 textbook to 1 pupil ratio for all standards,
  • Availability of reference materials and syllabi for all teachers,
  • Improved chalkboards, furniture and supply of writing materials, and
  • Maximizing Teaching and Learning Using Locally Available Resources (TALULAR).

3. Capacity Building and management reforms

  • Institutionalize Professional Continuous Development (In-Service Training),
  • Better governance and management of the schools through improved community involvement under School management Committees and parent Teacher Associations,
  • Increased Decentralization of financial matters and authority of the school and assemblies,
  • Use of double shift as a short term measure,
  • Training and recruitment of teachers so that there is one (1) teacher to 40 pupils,
  • Intensified Universal School Feeding,
  • Improved advisory and inspection with emphasis on whole school development, and
  • Institutionalizing the School Implementation Plan.

B. Secondary Schools

1. Infrastructure Development

  • Upgrading of all Community Day Secondary Schools (CDSS's)
  • Construction of girls hostel in CDSS's (10 in second phase)
  • Construction of laboratories and workshops for technical subjects
    construction of teachers' houses in CDSS's and other schools
  • Construction of classroom and schools
  • Continued rehabilitation of all government schools with emphasis on creation of "Schools of Excellency" as national schools, namely Blantyre, Dedza, Lilongwe Girls and Mzuzu Secondary schools.

2. Supply of Teaching and Learning Materials

  • Provision of textbooks and materials in all existing and emerging subject areas,
  • Provision of reference materials for teachers and ensuring that libraries are functional, and
  • Provision of adequate science kits and science materials.

3. Capacity Development and Management Reforms

  • Improved advisory and inspection,
  • Re-invigorated Textbook Revolving Fund,
  • Better identification of needy students and subsequent bursary provision,
  • Increased authority of schools on financial matters,
  • Improved approaches to maintenance and rehabilitation of schools, and
  • Improved supply of subject teachers and related diversification of subjects.

C. Tertiary Education

  • Curriculum review at tertiary level to respond to the country's needs,
  • Introduction of the distance and open primary teacher training to fast track the number of qualified teachers at primary school level,
  • Construction of at least one public primary teacher training college in every education division,
  • Rehabilitation of technical colleges to align with the new and emerging technology and training of the youth under the Youth Development Fund,
  • Continued rehabilitation and expansion of the public universities (Malawi and Mzuzu),
  • Completion of the University of Science and Technology in Lilongwe (LUSTECH),
  • Realization and institutionalization of the private partnership at higher education level in terms of provision of institutions of learning such as the University of Southern Malawi among others, and
  • Provision of library materials to all tertiary institutions

D. General

  • Ensure that a substantial allocation of the budget is for education,
  • Appeal to the community, private sector, faith organizations and alumni to work together and support the government in ensuring that education is rekindled, driving and responding to the economy (Public Private Partnership in Education), and
  • Continued and intensified addressing of cross cutting issues (HIV/AIDS, Health and Nutrition in schools and colleges, gender equity and Special Needs education).
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