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Some school going children in Mangochi are yet to report for classes as they are still attending initiation ceremonies.

A cross section of senior chiefs in Mangochi have confirmed the development saying the delay to wind up initiation for the children has been due to short period that authorities gave for second term holiday.

However, the Ministry of Education through its spokesperson Chikondi Chimala has said it will engage stakeholders to find a lasting solution on the matter

Meanwhile, Police in Chikwawa say keeping children in initiation camps after schools have opened is a violation of the children’s rights to education.    

Officer –In- Charge for Chikwawa Police Alex Simenti made the remarks amid reports that some children are still in initiation camps days after the opening of schools.

The development has forced the police in the district to meet traditional leaders and initiation counselors in the area of chief Makuwira on the matter.

Mtsogoleri wa dziko lino Dr Lazarus Chakwera watsimikizira mtundu wa a Malawi kuti salora kuti pulogramu ya AIP yomwe inapereka mwayi kwa alimi mdziko muno kupeza zipangizo zaulimi zotsika mtengo isokonekere.

The United Nations Children’s fund-UNICEF has reaffirmed its commitment in complimenting government efforts in ensuring that learners with disabilities have improved access to education. Education Manager with UNICEF Vinoba Gautam was speaking when he appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Education in Lilongwe.


Senior Chief Chowe of Mangochi has urged people in the District and other areas to adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures during initiation ceremonies locally known as Chinamwali. Different areas in the Southern and Eastern parts of Malawi conduct initiation ceremonies as a way of preserving cultural norms and traditions.

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