Ministry of Education Science and Technology has bemoaned the poor quality of education that some private schools in the country offer.
The ministry says much as it appreciates efforts by independent private schools in providing quality education, it is disappointed with revelations that some unscrupulous business persons are opening private schools without following proper procedures and set standards.
Ghambi said students from such private schools are offered poor quality education due to unqualified teachers and sometimes fail to sit for national examinations.
“The ministry is not happy with such reports and we are now working with Isama to ensure proper monitoring. We are issuing licences only to private schools that are recognised by Isama as one way of dealing with the challenge,” he said.
Late last month Nation Online reported that 63 candidates from Lingua Franca Private school in Ndirande, Blantyre failed to sit for the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations after the school’s directors allegedly embezzled over K1 million ($1 387) in examination fees.
Ghambi was speaking in Blantyre over the weekend when he presided over the grand finale of the Independent Schools Association of Malawi (Isama) Big Brains Quiz Competition in which 52 independent schools from South west education Division participated.
During the competition, Our Lady of Wisdom Girls Catholic Secondary and St Columba CCAP Primary schools imaged winners in the secondary and primary schools categories respectively. They went away with trophies and K400 000 ($555) and K300 000 ($416) respectively.