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Proper teacher-pupil ratio essential in MESIP success

Written by  Sylvester Kumwenda
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Lilongwe, August 25, 2018. Government says it is striving to achieve the desirable teacher-pupil ratio of 1:60 as one way to create a conducive environment of achieving the objectives of the Malawi Education Sector Improvement Project (MESIP).

Minister for Education Science and Technology, Bright Msaka made the remarks Friday in Dowa when he inspected Senga Model Primary School in Dowa, one of the districts that have been incorporated into second phase of MESIP alongside Mulanje, Rumphi and Nkhotakota.

 “Much as it is the intention of MESIP to reduce repetition rates, it is important to make sure that the quality of education being provided in the schools under MESIP is not compromised.

“One of the things being taken account is to have enough teachers so that a teacher teaches an appropriate number of pupils,” he said.

Msaka said last year government employed 9,600 teachers and this year government is employing 10,000 teachers which he said is unprecedented.

“We are focusing more on the child. The objective is to ensure that every pupil has a teacher that has the time and attention to attend to him or her.

“That is whenever a pupil has a problem, he or she should be able to raise his or her hand and the teacher should be able to recognize that leaner and address his or her problem.

When we have too many children which sometimes happen due to high repetition rates; there is a little chance for that,” the Minister pointed out.

Head teacher for Senga Model Primary School, Jasten Mvula said the project would assist in improving education standards at the school as it will help provide learning space for learners which are one way of motivating the pupils.

“For example, during rainy seasons some pupils stay at home because they learn under open spaces like under trees which affect their performance. But with MESIP, we expect a boost in their class attendance and performance, come rain or sunshine,” the head teacher explained.

The objective of MESIP is to improve education standards in primary schools especially for Standard 1 to 4 learners by amongst other things targeting the elimination of class repetition amongst pupils.

The Second phase of MESIP is expected to construct 500 classrooms in the 12 districts during implementation of the project. It is being implemented in 800 schools country wide.

In May this year, Msaka toured some schools under MESIP like Kavitowo Primary School in Mzimba and Chatoloma LEA School in Kasungu where he said he was impressed with the implementation of the project.

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