Madalitso Kambauwa Wirima, the Minister of Education, highlighted the significance of updating the primary, secondary, and tertiary school curricula to be in sync with the digital era.
Addressing the media at the Central Office of Information (COI) in Lilongwe on Wednesday, Wirima emphasized that the aim of education in Malawi is to empower students with pertinent knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values, enabling them to be self-sufficient contributors to national development.
“As we know education is very important and the world is also changing so, as a ministry, we want to make students relevant and be able to do anything on their own.
“So, reviewing the curriculum will help in our education system as we are looking at issues of digitalisation and information communication technology (ICT). That is why we want to re-design the curriculum to achieve Malawi 2063,” she said.
She further said her ministry is having talks with the Ministry of Education in Tanzania to look into the issue of bringing Kiswahili language in schools in the country.
The ministry is also engaging stakeholders in the country to hear from them on the issue.
Executive Director for Malawi Institute for Education (MIE), Frank Mtemang’ombe said MIE will be facilitating curriculum review and monitor its implementation under the Ministry of Education which will be concluded by 2025.
“Curriculum review is important as it defines the future of the education we want for the generation we have now to be able to take challenges and opportunities. That is why we want to make sure that the curriculum is relevant,” he said.
Ministry of Education will start engaging the stakeholders on the curriculum review from January 2024.