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Infrastructure to key to improving education standards

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Lilongwe, January 8: Secretary for Education, Science and Technology Justin Saidi has underlined the importance of quality infrastructures in improving the standards of education in the country.

Saidi told Malawi News Agency Monday in Lilongwe that the country needs well educated people who could help government in implementing its developmental projects.

He said through the Malawi Education Sector Improvement Programme (MESIP), government is constructing learning shelters, classrooms and changing rooms in a bid to improve access to quality education.

“Education is power, without education we cannot succeed,” Secretary for Education said, adding that the ministry is increasing access to education regardless of zones or areas.

Saidi pointed out that, “Through MESIP, we are providing school children with infrastructures such as school blocks, learning shelters, materials for promoting girls education as well that those that drop out of school to return and concentrate on their studies.”

“Our focus is on the primary level to ensure that we give the pupils motivation as early as possible so that they are able to love school, concentrate, learn and do well in their studies,” he said.

Apart from learning shelters, the programme aims at increasing the retention rate for learners between Standard 1 and 4 as well as reducing the repetition rate.

“It has been worrisome especially at Standard 8 level where a few manage to go to secondary school. We want to ensure that all kids move from one level to another without repetition by motivating them as well as the teachers and achieving the goal of having a learned society,” he said.

According to District Education Manager for Lilongwe Rural West, Manfred Hauya, through MESIP, communities is his area have mobilized themselves to construct 110 learning shelters benefitting over 6,000 primary school pupils.

“Previously we had so many classes taking place on open air. During the rainy season it was difficult to sustain such classes thereby limiting the learning time for the pupils,” he expalined.

MESIP is being implemented with financial support from the Global Partnership for Education with an estimated cost of USD 44.90 million.

So far, a total of K2.2 billion has been disbursed to 800 targeted schools in 8 districts across the country.

Over 754 learning shelters and 69 sanitation facilities have been constructed.

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