Civil Society calls for support in inclusive education in Malawi

Government says it plans to increase the number of specialists teachers in the country.
Members of the staff attend a meeting with the Director and founder of the Atsikana Pa Ulendo Girls Secondary School on September 25, 2017 on the outskirts of Lilongwe, Malawi. – Director and founder Memory Chazeza Mdyetseni who struggled to get education, having lost both parents at a tender age, has become a source of hope for the underprivileged girls in Malawi by providing quality secondary education, through her Atsikana Pa Ulendo Girls School she founded with support from Canadian funders. (Photo by Amos Gumulira / AFP)

Malawi’s Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) Executive Director, Benedicto Kondowe, says promotion of inclusive education in the country can be meaningful if government and stakeholders support the initiative politically and financially.

Kondowe bemoaned inadequate teachers and teaching materials for learners with disabilities, saying the challenges are hitting hard.

He said the conditions has forced unqualified teachers to teach the learners, a situation he said is fueling school drop outs.

Chief Education Officer responsible for Inclusive and Special Needs Education in the Ministry Of Education, Peter Nsendema, said the ministry intends to introduce a course at Machinga Teacher Training College to increase the number of specialist teachers in the country.

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Nsendema said most of the school infrastructures have been rehabilitated to suit the needs of learners with disabilities.He said the ministry is currently working hand in hand with District Education Managers to ensure all schools are disability friendly.

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