A local education activist is calling for serious infrastructural investment in various Community Day Secondary Schools-CDSS to improve existing teaching and learning standards.
Following the recent release of MSCE examination results, Education Minister Agnes Nyalonje observes that lack of laboratories and workshops in schools, especially CDSSs, contributed to poor student performance.
Currently, only 189 out of 908 public secondary schools across the country have laboratories thus compromising effective instruction of compulsory science-based subjects.
Benedicto Kondowe who is Executive Director for the Civil Society Education Coalition – CSEC observes that there is a disparity in public education services.
“Two thirds of our secondary schools are CDSSes but the quality of education provided there leaves a lot to be desired.” Pointed out the education rights activist,” Kondowe said.
Kondowe further pointed out that there is a need work on policies that will address the challenge.
“I think from a policy point of view this is another issue that we need to look into so that we equalize the opportunity because if we leave it like that then it means we are literally leaving behind most of poor Malawians,” he added.
Science remains a compulsory subject in the country’s schools, despite a lot of schools having no laboratories and qualified teachers.
A study by the Academic Journals (2006) found out that lack of qualified teachers is one of the factors contributing to students’ poor performance in physical science examinations at MSCE and Junior Certificate of Education-JCE levels in CDSSs in Lilongwe IN Lilongwe Rural West Education District in Malawi.