Independent schools operators are disputing the government’s directive against payment of fees by students ahead of the rescheduled Malawi School Certificate of Education – MSCE exams.
According to a ministry of education statement released at the weekend, no school should demand fees from the candidates when they report to prepare for the exams set for January.
However, the private schools operators insist that the directive contravenes an earlier agreement stemming from a meeting between themselves and other stakeholders including the ministry.
They claim that during the meeting, it was resolved that the learners would be expected to pay 20 % of the fees that they would have otherwise been required to pay.
“On the issue of fees ISAMA demanded that children should pay 60 % of that, if they remain in school for 6 weeks and the Ministry of Education had to again pledge to pay this 20 %,” said Joseph Patel President of the Independent Schools Association of Malawi – ISAMA.
Patel has since vowed to re-engage the ministry to resolve the matter.