Malawi - Education

Control of education, including mission schools, is in the hands of the Ministry of Education. Attendance is compulsory for eight years at the primary level. Secondary education lasts for four years. Projected adult illiteracy rates for the year 2000 stand at 39.7% (males, 25.5%; females, 53.3%). As of 1999, 69% of primary-school-age children were enrolled in school. Most children in remote rural areas do not attend school. As of 1999, public expenditure on education was estimated at 4.6% of GDP.

In 1996, Malawi's 3,706 primary schools had 2,887,107 pupils and 49,138 teachers, with a student-to-teacher ratio of 59 to 1. Secondary schools had 141,911 students and 3,172 teachers in the same year. The pupil-teacher ratio at the primary level was 46 to 1 in 1999. The University of Malawi, inaugurated at Zomba on 6 October 1965, has four constituent colleges at Zomba, Lilongwe, and Blantyre. A new medical school was established in Blantyre. In 1996 there were 531 teachers and 5,561 pupils at the University and equivalent post-secondary institutions. Females accounted for only 30% of university students. In 1996 females accounted for 18% of secondary students.

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My wife and I organized and have operated the Kasimu Education Fund (KEF)to improve education at the Kasimu Elementary School in Manyesa (near Zomba), for the past five years. KEF has funded the construction of two school buildings, a prayerhouse, a daily meal program for 1,300 students, scholarships for 56 high school students and scholarships for 4 teachers. We propose to construct a high school, a solar/wind electrical/water system and homes for 13 teachers. We need assistance to fund these projects and especially need funds to purchase the land for the high school.
I am a student at Bourne Grammar School in Bourne, Lincolnshire, England. I am doing a speech on Education in Malawi becasue it is something I feel passionate about after living there a month after eight years of living in Malawi going to the private school Hellenic. I'm wandering if I am aloud to ask you some questioins about education in Malawi.
How many students per class are there?? Is there enough students in the school to hire a teacher?? How many teachers are there?? Do the students have to pay you back one day?? Do they get free lunches??
I would really apreciate it if you could reply to my e-mail. This information on this page is very interesting and I am using some of it towards my speech.
Imogen Wray. Bourne Grammar School, Bourne, Lincolnshire, England.

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