Govt to increase student enrolment in public universities

President Lazarus Chakwera says the Tonse led administration will increase student enrolment in public universities from 36,000 in the 2019/20 academic year to nearly 48,000 in the 2020/21 academic year.

Delivering his state of the nation address (SONA) in Parliament on Friday, Chakwera said government will construct three Teacher Training Colleges for training primary school teachers in Mchinji, Rumphi, and Chikwawa.

Chakwera said the Tonse administration is currently assessing funding proposals for the construction of Inkosi Mbelwa University for the study of animal science, establishment of Kamuzu University of Health Sciences and Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences.

He said government will also bring back the Junior Certificate Examinations and ensure that Quota system is totally removed in the education system.

Chakwera said government will ensure that all schools have modern classroom blocks, teaching and learning materials and qualified teachers.

He said to achieve this goal government will speed up the completion of all new primary schools and classroom blocks.

“This includes 14 urban primary schools and over 500 classrooms currently under construction, whose progress is at 60 percent; 13 Community Day Schools at 35 percent; 100 laboratories and libraries nationwide whose progress is at 50 percent; 100 girls’ hostels; and many secondary schools under the Secondary Education Expansion Development (SEED) Project,” Chakwera said.

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