MACOHA strengthens COVID-19 preventive measures awareness amongst children with disabilities in Chiradzulu, Mangochi, Phalombe

Mpunga (right) distributing materials for COVID-19 preventive measures  * At it assesses impact made on its early childhood education development for children with disabilities By Duncan Mlanjira During its assessment tour on the impact made on its early childhood education development for children with disabilities in Chiradzulu, Mangochi and Phalombe, Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) took the opportunity to spread awareness of COVID-19 as well as its preventive measures. Project coordinator, Mercy Mpunga — who is MACOHA’s women…

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Lilongwe Girls students to be kept on campus despite having 51.4% of them testing COVID-19 positive

* To facilitate monitoring of each affected student * If released, they would pose a very high potential to spread the virus wider * To encourage the students to give moral support to each other * MSCE continue as planned until January 29 under strict preventive measures By Duncan Mlanjira From a public health perspective, the Ministry of Education has decided not to release all Lilongwe Girls Secondary School students, including the 51.4% that tested positive of COVID-19. The…

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Muslim Youth United mobilising funds to procure COVID-19 medical equipment for Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital

* COVID-19 situation is very critical at Queens * Of the 146 admitted in 18 hospitals, Queens have the highest at 60 By Duncan Mlanjira Muslim Youth United (MYU) is appealing for support from the general public to raise funds to procure medical equipment which is urgently needed at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, which is currently treating the majority of patients currently under admissions across the country. As of Friday evening, the country registered six new COVID-19 related deaths,…

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Health officials disinfect Chanco campus after 35 test COVID-19 positive

Chanco campus * Malawi Red Cross Society launches distribution of COVID-19 prevention and general disasters response materials * The pandemic is continuing to cause a lot of sorrow and anxiety—Minister of Health, Kandodo Chiponda By Duncan Mlanjira, Maravi Express & Trouble Ziba, MANA After 35 people tested positive of COVID-19 following tests done after academic activities resumed at Chancellor College (Chanco) in Zomba, management engaged the District Health Office to disinfect the whole campus. A memorandum from the institution’s…

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Civil Society Education Coalition against appeals for closure of schools

CSEC asks for decongestion of the schools * Calls for conscious and pragmatic decision for closure of schools * Should be based on evidence/data that gives full account of potential risk of maintaining schools * While the State has the duty to protect life, it still has duty to protect the right to education * This comes after President Chakwera has already declared National State of Disaster * Government should allow Form 4 students to sit for their examinations…

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Youths in Mwanza empowered with technical education

Senior Chief Nthache (right) appreciate a plumbing project the students are supposed to work from By Brian Wasili, MANA Hope of the Poor, a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) comprising young men and women who were raised in Mwanza, has provided bursary to 10 needy students to enable them attain technical and vocational education at Nankhudwe Community Skills Development Centre in the district. Speaking during the launch of the bursary scheme at the college on Saturday, Hope for the Poor’s…

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Likoma District leads in PSLCE pass rate in Northern Region

Likoma District By Leonard Masauli, MANA Likoma District has emerged best performer in the just released Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations, with 93.4% pass rate — beating all districts in Northern Region. The Island district, with huge fishing activities, has defied the odds to cruise from position six in 2019 to position one in 2020. It has the best candidate from Chiteko Primary School at Chizumulu Island, who has been selected to Robert Brake Secondary School….

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Government pledges to address secondary school capacity inadequacy by expanding classrooms by 1,192

Education for all is the target * To provide almost 60,000 new secondary school spaces by end of 2021 * To build 250 Community Day Secondary Schools by 2023 with US Govt. funding * So far, 16 schools have been completed and are in use with 30 to be completed soon * Long-term objective is for all children to attend a minimum of 12 years of formal schooling By Duncan Mlanjira In order to address the inequalities in the…

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Hot public debate on student selection to public secondary schools

Principal Secretary for Education, Chikondano Mussa * Exposes inequity of Malawi’s education system * Only 84,497 lerners of 225,387 that passed exams were selected * Vast majority that passed, 140,440 cannot access secondary education * Ministry contends that this is due to lack of adequate secondary school places By Duncan Mlanjira The public is still not satisfied with an explanation that the Ministry of Education saying that the Tonse Government is taking the responsibility to address any inequalities present…

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Polytechnic putting in place measures to ensure no escalation of COVID-19 cases after one student tests positive

By Duncan Mlanjira One student at the Polytechnic in Blantyre, has been confirmed positive of COVID-19 but management has assured parents and guardians that it has already put in place measures of ensuring that there is no escalation of the cases on campus. In a press statement, the management the single confirmed COVID-19 case was registered on Friday, January 8 and “efforts were immediately made to isolate the student from where the concerned student was residing”. It said the guardians were…

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