Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday when he presented ministerial statement on the increment of fees and phase out of the Junior Certificate of Education (JCE), the education minister said as a country we should invest more in the education.
He said the phasing out JCE examination and increasing secondary education fee would help the nation have higher and quality education since one needs a Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) to get employment.
“Government is greatly concerned with improving the quality of secondary school education by looking at the nature of syllabus, availability of teaching and learning materials such as text books, note books and many more”.
One student shall contribute enough money to purchase a book or set of books for at least one subject and not twenty students contributing one book,” he said.
He further said his ministry is aware of the pressure and tension that parents and guardians who cannot afford to pay the fees will face and this we know will cause the challenges.
“Government has however notified head teachers of secondary schools to allow those students that pay at least 50 percent of their fees to finish the balance during the rest of the term.
“ This position has been taken after noting that many needy form one students were sent home to collect fees within the first or second week of the term and they never returned,” Fabiano said.
“This means that many needy students were denied access to education in the past but government wants these needy students to be identified and assisted through bursaries granted to them to go to school. This will help reduce the gap in accessing education compared to those that come from less needy families,” he said.