Malawi launches free e-learning

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The Ministry of Education has started providing online education for free for a period of two months.

This follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), between the ministry and TNM which will enable students from public and private secondary schools to be getting the content through the ministry’s website.

Since President Peter Mutharika ordered the closure of schools last month, at least 4.4 million students have been affected.

While some private schools have adopted methods of learning using the internet, those in public schools are being left out.

Speaking to Capital FM after signing of the MOU, the Minister of Education William Susuwele Banda said they are formulating measures to ensure that other students are not left out considering that a majority of Malawians do not have access to the internet.

“We aware that only a small percentage of learning will have access to the internet, which is why we are developing radio, television and print materials,” Banda said.

He added that the ministry is also coming up with content for students with specials needs.

According to the 2018 national census, 34 percent of Malawians have radios, 52 percent have phones, 12 percent have access to television while 16 percent have access to the internet.

Weighing in his views is Chief Executive Officer for TNM, Michiel Buitelaar said they are happy to support the initiative because education is important for Malawi

“We are providing a lot of things, which include free access to the ministry’s website, simcards and tablets,” Buitelaar said.

Education specialists however believe that e-learning will create a gap among learners in various schools across the country.

The Civil Society Education Coalition has since called for the government to swiftly address the matter warning that failure to do so will have dire consequences on the country’s education sector.




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