By Yamikani Yapuwa MANA
Ministry of Education (MoE) has committed to improve the level of collaboration with Independent Schools Association of Malawi (ISAMA) to ensure the latter’s contribution to decision making on important issues concerning education in the country.
Minister of Education Madalitso Kambauwa Wirima made the remarks on Thursday in Blantyre at the official launch of ISAMA’s International Conference.
Wirima applauded ISAMA for incorporating the topic of introduction to digital platform learning at the conference, saying there is need, as a nation, to engage in innovative ways and means of advancing learning in schools.
ISAMA President Wycliffe Chimwendo called on the ministry to assist independent schools wherever they fall short of resources to ensure that they offer good quality education.
He bemoaned that the independent schools are always considered to be making a lot of money, disclosing that most of their schools are low fee-paying which do not even meet the budgets to pay teachers and run quality education.
The conference, which is the first of its kind, has attracted school directors from all the education divisions across the country as well as education experts both from within and outside Malawi.
Some of the topics to be discussed at the conference include mental health and wellness, development of various school policies, financial management, positive discipline and the introduction to digital platform learning.