Chaos as Private Schools Fail to Follow Harmonized School Calendar

The Ministry of Education has taken to task some private schools that are not abiding to the harmonized schools calendar that has resulted in early closure in their first term.

Acting Secretary for Education Raphael Agabu has noted that some private schools already closed for the first term and are expected to open for the second term this month-April.

"The harmonized calendar is clear and provides that schools are meant to close for the first term on 7th May. Yet some private schools have closed for the first term,” noted Agabu in a statement released on Thursday.

Earlier this year, schools were closed following the rise in cases of covid-19 where some of the schools had registered cases.

Almost 5 weeks later, schools were ordered to reopen, but only private schools opened as teachers in public schools staged a two-week sit-in demanding covid-19 risk allowance.

However, Independent Schools Association of Malawi Executive Director Joseph Patel says the Government should not confuse Malawians disclosing that not all private schools have closed.

"I think the ministry of education should just become clear, otherwise, they will just be confusing people as schools that are close are only international schools that use the international syllabuses” clarifies Patel.

Civil Society Education Coalition Executive Director Benedicto Kondowe said the statement is very necessary as private schools that are using the government syllabus need to follow the set calendar.

"Government should take action now. It will be very difficult for the government to manage these variations in the long term, not just the short term” said Kondowe.

Zodiak Online is reliably informed that with the Easter holidays that started on Friday, some private schools have since sent students home for holidays.

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Last modified on Friday, 02/04/2021

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