Alinafe Mlamba

Alinafe Mlamba

United Nations Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres says there is a need for Malawi to seriously implement its sustainable development goals frameworks if the country is to achieve social protection systems for the sustainable development goals.

Homeland security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda has directed the National Registration Bureau to allow the use of expired national identity cards in a bid to allow farmers access Affordable Farm Inputs under the AIP.

The Malawi electoral commission has refused to pay Nkhatabay Central Parliamentarian Symon Vuwa Kaunda 600 million kwacha compensation, which he demanded in August for the suffering he endured for going to the polls twice.

The Malawi Economic Justice Network has faulted authorities in Salima and Nsanje for flaunting procurement procedures in awarding development projects.

Amid concerns surrounding the health sector which include shortage of drugs against the recommended population, Statehouse Director of Communications Sean Kampondeni says the ministry of health is investigating the matter so as to address the challenges.

Hajat Mourned

Civil rights leaders are mourning the death of Rafik Hajat whom they describe as a patriot and passionate civil rights and governance activist, who helped grow civil society in Malawi.

First lady Monica Chakwera has launched a life story booklet and video documentary courtesy of Plan Malawi. The book aims at drawing inspiration from her life story.

The new European Union Ambassador Rune Skinnebach has commended president Lazarus Chakwera for his commitment to curb corruption in the country.

African and Caribbean countries have been tipped to stay United if the two are to achieve economic and social growth and also to deal with global calamities such as the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change.

Education and human rights experts have expressed concern with the decrease in the number of learners sitting for the Primary School Certificate of education which commenced yesterday.

On Tuesday, the Malawi National Examinations Board-MANEB announced a decrease in the number of candidates sitting for the Primary School Leaving Certificate examinations this year.

Ministry of education could not justify the cause of the decrease, saying an investigation will be instituted to establish the cause.

But education expert Benedicto Kondowe is not moved with the decline, attributing it to the Covid-19 pandemic which has left many students unprepared.

According to Kondowe, government needs to formulate policies which can safeguard the right to education during global calamities.

“We need to have strategies which can motivate and safeguard our children so that they can sit for any exams regardless of natural mishaps such as this one,” he said.

Concurring with Kondowe, Dr. Jessie Kabwila, human rights activist and education expert says the development is indicative of impacts of the covid-19 pandemic.

“This is not surprising and disheartening at the same time, the Covid-19 pandemic is really affecting us and this is just one of those indicators,” she said.

Standard 8 exams have commenced and according to MANEB, 281,329 candidates will sit for the examinations compared to last year's 302,985.

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