Malawi Abolishes Tuition Fees In Public Secondary Schools.
Government has abolished tuition fees in public secondary schools with immediate effect from 1st January, 2019.
Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka has revealed the abolishment during a press conference in Lilongwe.
Msaka said President Peter Mutharika made the directive after realizing financial challenges Malawians are facing to complete secondary education.
“Apart from tuition fees, students shall not pay textbook Revolving fund but those in government boarding schools shall pay for food, accommodation and Form 4 examinations,” Msaka added
Reacting to the development, Civil Society Education Network CSEC says the decision has been reached at hurriedly.
Benedicto Kondowe said “it is disastrous to implement the decision now as the 2018-2019 budget was already passed in parliament.”
Kondowe has meanwhile called on government not to politicize education.
Few days before the opening of the 2018 to 2019 academic year in September, 2018 Ministry of education ordered all education division managers and headmasters not to collect tuition fees in all government secondary schools.