NU Children's Parley Wants CDF Bursary Back to Min of Gender
Children's Parliament in Ntcheu has resolved that the school bursary scheme which currently is being controlled through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) should revert back to the Ministry of Gender as deserving needy students are not benefiting from the current arrangement.
One of the young legislators, 14-year-old Naison Mayankho claims he is failing to pursue his form 1 studies at Robert Laws Secondary School in Dowa.
"The current arrangement is not favoring needy students. Politicians have their own interests hence they leave out deserving students during selection," Mayankho claimed.
Ntcheu District Social Welfare Officer, Rodwell Chunga says the resolution made if adopted by legislators will go a long way in addressing challenges in the selection of needy students for bursaries.
"The Social Welfare Office work with grassroots. We know how to select needy students as such the resolution made is welcomed," Chunga said.
Ntcheu Bwanje South Legislator, Mwisho Chilikumtima says will lobby fellow Parliamentarians on the recommendations made.
Meanwhile, conveners for the Children's parley, Save the Children Malawi, through its Senior Humanitarian Operations and Resilience Manager, Steve Kamtimaleka says the organization is committed to empowering young legislators to fight for their rights.
The two-day session which was supported by the Embassy of Ireland, saw 48 young Parliamentarians deliberating on five main issues which include increased cases of child marriages, school fees, and continued corporal punishment in schools.