Malawi: CSOs Tell Government to Implement Education Commitments

Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) and its collaborating partners called upon the government to devise strategies for ensuring implementation of President Dr Lazarus Chakwera’s commitments to transforming the education sector.

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

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

Among other things, Chakwera committed to sustaining 15 to 20 percent of national expenditure and four to six percent of GDP allocation to education, mandatory schooling up to secondary and ensuring 100 percent completion rate in primary and 100 percent transition rate to secondary and strengthening foundational skills, resourcing and making the curriculum more relevant and constructing more schools and teachers houses.

He also committed to scaling up of evidence based education technologies and enhance equitable access enabled with energy, connectivity and digital skills.

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