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Emmanuel University for Enhancement of Ministry of Education Make-Up Interventions

Emmanuel University has vowed to enhance adherence to the guidelines, the Ministry of Education has instituted to ensure that learners in about ten southern region districts whose schools were closed due to Cyclone Freddy catch up with the time lost.

The institution’s Vice Chancellor, Pastor Macpherson Jere, told Zodiak Online on Wednesday that the institution is among other things strengthening coordination between its teachers' alumni and education authorities in the affected districts to achieve this.

He noted that failure to adhere to the set guidelines is likely going to negatively affect the learner's performance in the upcoming national examinations.

"We have a network of over 300 alumni starting at the district, region as well as national levels who are already working as government teachers. We would want these teachers' alumni through their clusters to find ways on how they can enhance the makeup interventions such online lessons as well as other remedial classes”, said Jere.

He made the remarks when the university donated relief items to Cyclone Freddy survivors who are currently being housed at Ndunde and Masanjala Primary School camps in Chiradzulu district.

Meanwhile, education expert, Benedicto Kondowe has urged the Ministry of Education to be carrying out regular assessments to ascertain if the makeup interventions are bearing results.

Kondowe has also challenged the Malawi National Examination Board to consider adjusting time table for this year's national examinations for the sake of learners whose schools were closed due to the disaster.

Among others, the Ministry of Education has allowed schools in the affected districts not to close for the end of term two to make up for the time lost.

The Ministry is also encouraging teachers and learners to utilize available online platforms and radio lessons as remedies for the time lost.

Emanuel University started as a Teacher's Training College about 18 years ago before being accredited as a university some three years ago.

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