Mzimba District Education Network (MZIDEN) has expressed concern over financial challenges which are hampering special needs learners’ education in the district.
The sentiments were expressed Friday at Mzimba Boma during an Engagement meeting on special needs learners’ education.
MZIDEN Chairperson, Teckson Amadu said inadequate government funding was one of the major factors contributing to low quality of special needs education in the district.
“It is very appalling to note that the district’s special needs learners’ section got K 194, 000.00 and K204 , 000.00 in 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 financial years respectively,” he said.
Amadu said inadequate resource centres, lack of disability friendly teaching materials and untrained special needs teachers in Mzimba and Malawi as a whole continue hampering efforts promoting inclusive quality education in the country.
“MZIDEN appeals to government to allocate more resources to carter for special needs learners’ education in the district,” he said.
Ministry of Education Special Needs Education Deputy Director, Noel Mwango acknowledged the financial challenges in the special needs education section in Mzimba and country as a whole.
He said funding allocation meant for running schools and resource centres was not quite satisfactory to meet and manage all the problems.
“We need more resources to manage these problems and it is everyone’s responsibility to intervene in solving some of these challenges so that we improve the quality of education being offered to special needs learners.
“Government was working hand in hand with different development partners to secure teaching and learning material for resource centres,” Mwango disclosed.
Mzimba South has a total number of 490 special needs learners of which 279 are male and 211 are female.