Sun. May 19th, 2019

CSEC to Sign Declaration with Political Parties on Inclusive Education

Kondowe: Made presentation

By Enock Balakasi and Erik Chiputula
Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) has expressed their desire of signing a declaration with five leading parties before May 21 tripartite elections.
CSEC Executive Director, Benedicto Kondowe said this during a meeting for the draft position paper on the 2024 Education Agenda.
According Kondowe, the organisation will ensure that the education sector is fully supported financially. CSEC C is expected to meet five leading parties including Transformation Movement (UTM, United Democratic Front (UDF), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and People’s Party (PP) to sign a declaration and ensure that they fulfil their promise once elected.
Kondowe said the signing of the declaration will show commitment of the political party leadership to live up to the expectations of the education agenda.
He further said they want to change the past status where politicians were setting the agenda for voters to new ones which will give a say to Malawians.
“We want politicians to buy into the thinking and aspirations of Malawians so that once they get into office they should make commitments in terms of how they would deal with the issues that Malawians want to be addressed” said Kondowe.
The CSEC ED further added that they will be periodic review of how the party that gets into power has been responding to the aspirations of Malawians.
“Any party that gets into office periodically will also be reviewing the delivery of the aspirations of Malawians and in that way we will be able to to hold them to account unlike the current status where they formulate things as they want”, said Kondowe.
The meeting attracted representative from primary, secondary and tertiary gathered they discussed several challenges that education sector that has to be addressed.
Some of the critical issues is the plight and interest of children with disabilities, challenges to minority groups in the country and the contribution of Community Day Secondary Schools to the university of Malawi.
The Coalition is expected to meet political parties next month to map the way forward about the issues that we’re raised.
Ahead of 2014 tripartite elections CSEC also analysed political party manifestos more especially on education sector.

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