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Compulsory science education good but ill-timed - CSEC

Written by  Gresham ngwira

Blantyre, September 8, 2014, Mana: Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) has hailed Government for putting on hold the implementation of compulsory science subjects in secondary schools.

CSEC Executive Director, Benedicto Kondowe said this in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Monday.

As school opens on Monday, reports indicate that government has put on hold the decision to have all science subjects as compulsory.

But Kondowe said the decision has shown that government listens and takes into account what other stakeholders say on issues of public interest.

Said Kondowe, “I am happy with what government has done.  “This shows that government takes into account what stakeholders say on matters of public interest.”

Kondowe said much as the idea was good, it was ill-timed as most of the schools did not have adequate lab materials.

On this note the CSEC Director called upon government to start mobilising (enough) resources for the schools especially Community Day Secondary Schools (CDSS) which he said do not have adequate laboratory equipment.

“Let me urge government not to “sleep” between now and whenever this will start. It should start upgrading schools so that when time comes for this to be implemented, there should not be more problems,” Kondowe said.

On mobile laboratories the CSEC Director said he was doubtful of its sustainability saying it needs more capacity to transport the equipment.

He said this may bring more inconviencies unless transportation modalities are put in place.

Form one students were today expected to start learning science subjects as compulsory.

However, over the weekend the Ministry of Education announced that the program has been put on hold due to what it said are logistical problems.

Effort to speak to ministry of education spokesperson, Rabecca Phwitiko proved futile as her phone was not available.

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