Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MoEST) has transferred 43 students with albinism from day to boarding secondary schools.
The development comes barely 10 days after MoEST directed all education division managers (EDM) to ensure that all students with albinism in day secondary schools are moved to boarding secondary schools for improved security.
Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Cecelia Chazama said this at a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) political rally held at Makhetha Primary School Ground in Blantyre yesterday.
Said Chazama: “Persons with albinism are people just like us. As government, we are making sure that they receive maximum security. As of now, 43 students with albinism who were in community day secondary schools and day secondary school have been transferred to boarding secondary schools.”
She said the number of students with albinism relocated to secondary schools is likely to go up as her ministry is working with head teachers in day secondary schools to ensure that all students with albinism are transferred to boarding schools.
During the rally, almost all party speakers promoted peace, with DPP regional governor (South) Charles Mchacha emphasising that if they want the party to win in the May 21 Tripartite Elections, party members must unite.
On February 21, MoEST wrote all EDMs in the country to ensure that all students with albinism in day secondary schools are moved to boarding secondary schools.
The directive intends to protect students with albinism in secondary schools from exposure to unfavourable weather conditions which affect them when they move to and from schools and will help them to realise their right to education to the full and learn without fear.