Passed bill on Wednesday: Parliament
Parliament yesterday passed the new Education Bill replacing the old one which was enacted in 1962.
The new Act will make education compulsory; an issue that all members of Parliament who participated in the debate said is good for the country.
Chitipa North Member of Parliament (MP) Nick Masebo said by making education compulsory, many Malawians will make informed decisions.
“Most of us Members of Parliament normally cheat the electorate because Malawians are illiterate. This bill says that education will be compulsory and the beneficiaries will be the electorate because they will know whether we are cheating them or not,” said Masebo.
He, however, asked government to provide bursaries to the needy students so that people should not have excuses.
Phalombe South MP Davison Nyadani said by using an act which was enacted in 1962, the country was missing a huge opportunity to improve its education standards.
In closing debate, Minister of Education, Science and Technology Lucious Kanyumba said the ministry will put in place instruments that will make compulsory education feasible.
“We will put in place regulations and instruments, which will look at the social-economic setup of most Malawians so that nobody should feel left out of the whole process. As government, we want to protect Malawians, hence putting in place those legal instruments,” said Kanyumba.n
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