Friday, July 12, 2024

Malawi Rethinks Education: School Curricula Set for Modernization


The government has urged professionals, entrepreneurs, tribal leaders, religious figures, parents, and students to engage actively in the evaluation of the nation’s school and college curricula.

Hon. Madalitso Kambauwa Wirima, Member of Parliament and Minister of Education, emphasized the importance of the national curriculum during her supervision of the consultative meeting on curriculum and assessment review at Chichiri Secondary School in Blantyre. She underscored that the national curriculum serves as a catalyst for socio-economic development, establishing educational benchmarks aimed at furnishing students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies essential for personal and national advancement.

“The curriculum review process is an opportunity for Malawian citizens to actively shape curricula that embodies our aspirations. We are therefore seeking input from Malawians from all walks of life to ensure that the curriculum is balanced, realistic and relevant to the needs and aspirations of Malawians through stakeholders’ consultations,” said Wirima.

During the meeting, Wyson Mtengula, a participant from the business community, stressed the importance of the new curricula focusing on practical subjects. His emphasis was on equipping learners with knowledge and skills essential for addressing societal challenges.

Symon Munde, advocating virtually for inclusivity, urged the government to ensure that teaching and learning resources are available in accessible formats for everyone, including learners with diverse needs, before implementing the new curricula.

Frank Mtemang’ombe, the Executive Director of the Malawi Institute of Education (MIE), highlighted that consultative meetings were conducted across the six education divisions. He mentioned that the process will persist through educational conferences and interactive programs on national radio and TV stations. In the previous year, the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with MIE, initiated a review of pre-primary, primary, secondary, and teacher education curricula to align them with the national Malawi 2063 agenda.

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