Government abolishes quota system at tertiary education level; JCE reinstated

  By Duncan Mlanjira The quota that was introduced by Government in 1987 used to select successful students for tertiary education has been abolished and at the same time the Junior Certificate of Education (JCE), which was abolished has been reinstated. This was announced in Lilongwe on Thursday by Minister of Education, Science and Technology, William Susuwele Banda, saying based on numerous interventions government has put in place, coupled with numerous consultations with the society and academia, there is…

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Government reaffirms its commitment to construct 250 day secondary schools and 100 community ones

By Duncan Mlanjira Government has reaffirmed its commitment and has already commenced the process to construct 250 day secondary schools and 100 community day ones across the country. This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Science and Technology, William Susuwele Banda on Thursday in Lilongwe, saying this is being done under the Secondary Education Expansion Development (SEED) Project and the Equity with Quality and Learning at Secondary (EQUALS) projects.  “You would agree with me that this is a game…

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National Planning Commission to officially launch consultation processes for developing the successor to Vision 2020

By Duncan Mlanjira National Planning Commission has come up with a successor to Vision 2020, which will define the common aspirations of all Malawians moving forward and is expected to be officially launched by President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika on February 28 at the COMESA International Conference Centre in Blantyre. A statement from National Planning Commission, whose Director General is Dr. Thomas Chataghalala Munthali, says the Right Honourable Speaker of Parliament and His Honour the Chief Justice, representing the…

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MEC’s auditors fined K3.8m by Malawi Chartered Accountants Institute for serious misconduct in the May 21 elections

By Duncan Mlanjira Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAM) has found BDO Chartered Accountants (Malawi) guilty of four counts of serious misconduct in its operations as the retained auditor in the Tripartite Elections held on 21 May, 2019 and has since been fined with K3.8 million. In the verdict released on February 17, ICAM had been investigating the conduct of BDO Chartered Accountants (Malawi) during the controversial elections following the allegations of professional misconduct that ICAM received from Malawi Congress Party and a Concerned Citizen. The charges…

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World Vision Malawi calls for organized partnership with private sector towards meaningful social responsibility projects

By Duncan Mlanjira In its aim at making a measurable contribution in improving the well-being of underprivileged children and communities, World Vision Malawi engaged with the private sector on Tuesday to impress on it on how the future of these children can be secured through strong collaborative effort. At the engagement dinner at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre that attracted top executives from the corporate world, World Vision’s National Director Hazel Nyathi said partnership is at the heart of…

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Kottana Chidyaonga’s murder suspects released on bail

By Duncan Mlanjira The four suspects in the mysterious and alleged murder of 23-year-old Kottana Chidyaonga, Timothy Mtilonsanje (28), Gilbert Kamaliza (29), Diana Baghwanji (23) and Ekari Chaweza, finally walked out of Maula Prison in Lilongwe on Tuesday after spending weeks in custody as they were being denied bail. This happened after a group of concerned friends for the four suspects, decided to file a petition on social media asking the public to support asking the legal authorities, Ministry…

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Over 360,000 people die of drowning each year worldwide

By Duncan Mlanjira South African lifesaving examiner, Deon Woodley, who is in Malawi to train youths in prevention and stopping of drowning at local level along the shores of Lake Malawi, disclosed an alarming rate of deaths by drowning that is at 360,000 annually worldwide. Woodley arrived in the country on Monday and proceeded to travel to Nkhata Bay on Tuesday with Lytton Mabeti, a qualified lifeguard by professional and swimming instructor at St. Andrews International High School. Woodley…

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Charcoal vendors need to be empowered with alternative source of economic livelihood

By Duncan Mlanjira Most parts of the country, especially the rural areas, are bare of trees because they are being rampantly cut down and converted into charcoal wood fuel and to curb this social ill, there a need to find alternative ways to economically empower people who depend on this thriving charcoal business. This was said by non-governmental organization (NGO), Go Green’s national coordinator Lawrence Kafere at a tree planting exercise it organised in conjunction with Electricity Supply Commission…

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Mchacha apologises for using vulgar and offensive language to insult The Nation’s journalist Kabango

By Duncan Mlanjira Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi Chapter has said Deputy Minister of Transport and Public Works Honourable Charles Mchacha has apologised for using vulgar and offensive language to insult Nation Publications Limited (NPL) journalist Bobby Kabango. Mchacha was at the centre of controversy on social media last week following his use of the offensive and vulgar language to insult the Kabango, who was simply investigating the sale of government land at Kanjedza Forest in Limbe,…

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Prophet Bushiri pledges to sell 50kg bag of maize at K5,000

By Duncan Mlanjira South Africa-based Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, leader of Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church, has pledged to be selling maize at K5,000 per 50kg bag as one of his ways to alleviate his compatriots economic challenges they face in the rural areas. In a statement he made on Zodiak Broadcasting Station on Tuesday, Bushiri said the exercise will start with markets in Ntcheu, then Salima, Chikwawa, Karonga, Chitipa and Phalombe.  “We will make sure that we reach every…

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