The Millennium Information and Resource Centre [MIRECE] has expressed a concern that the gap between the poor and the rich in education will not be filled if Government fails to provide equal education in both private and public schools.
MIRECE says the directive which Government gave to public schools that in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, some learners should be going to school twice or thrice in a week, is not benefiting children from poor families but rather giving an advantage to those in private schools to enjoy learning in class.
The organization says private school learners are going to school daily and will be able to complete their syllabus in time as compared to those in public schools, adding this will widen the education gap between the rich and the poor in Malawi.
This is contained in a public statement released by its Director, Reverend Flywell Somanje, urging Government to stop creating education gap. In the statement, MIRECE is appealing to Government to go back to the full stream of education learning in class rather than what is being observed today where only children whose parents and guardians are rich are the ones enjoying the benefit of education.
MIRECE lamented that children of the poor are being exposed to bad behaviours saying the days that they are at home, they go to pubs, cinemas and learning a lot of evils contrary to their colleagues in public schools, a development which poses a threat to the future of the country in terms of education standards.
The organization claims that public schools are not providing conducive learning to learners because teachers are aware that in some of the days learners will be at their respective homes hence giving great opportunities to those learning in private schools to pass the examinations and be able to get employment opportunities than those in public schools.
…”Ever since schools were re–opened on 12 October 2020 after a very long break due to Covid-19, there has been no school reported to have a confirmed case. Our appeal is to let children of the poor be going to school daily as was before,’’…..reads part of the statement.
MIRECE is expressing hope that the Tonse government being a government of the people, for the people and by the people, will reconsider levelling the education between children of the rich and the poor in both private and public schools so that rights of poor children not continue to be infringed.
By Vincent Gunde