Malawi: Civil society organizations ask the government to implement education commitments

The Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) and its cooperating partners called on the government to put in place strategies to ensure the implementation of President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera’s commitments to transform the education sector.

CSEC Program Director Kisa Kumwenda led civil society leaders and stakeholders in making the call during a dialogue meeting in Lilongwe, which sought to agree on the steps needed to transform education to the required standards.

Chaquira, at the Education Transformation Summit (TES) on the sidelines of the 2022 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), made a five-point commitment entailing the direction of education that would transform the country.

Among others, Chakwera has committed to maintaining 15 to 20 percent of national spending and 4 to 6 percent of GDP allocations for education, compulsory education through secondary and ensuring a 100 percent completion rate in primary and a 100 percent transition rate to secondary. Enhancing basic skills, providing resources and making curricula more relevant and building more schools and teachers’ homes.

He also committed to expanding evidence-based education technologies and promoting equitable access enabled by power, connectivity and digital skills.

In his remarks, Comwenda described these commitments as huge and urged President Chakwera and the government to seriously consider implementing them.