• Thu. Aug 3rd, 2023

Ministry of Education procures K1.1Bn vehicles for MERP programme

Aug 2, 2023

Minister of Education Madalitso Kambauwa Wirima on Wednesday handed over 76 motorbikes and 10 motor vehicles for to be used for Malawi Education Reform Programme (MERP).

Speaking during the function , Wirima said the vehicles will help ease mobility challenges which the project has been facing.

The Minister said through this programme, her Ministry has procured 10 vehicles and 76 motorcycles to support the implementation of the programme across the country.

Wirima thanked the Management of the Ministry for all the work that they are doing which has led to the procurement of these Vehicles and Motorcycles to support the implementation of the projects in the Ministry.

MERP is a four-year programme, and its main objective is to improve the learning environments in lower primary (standards 1 4) in all public schools, targeting the most disadvantaged schools through a number of interventions.

Wirima commended the project
for expanding and reforming Primary School Improvement Grants (PSIG) and ensuring that there is timely disbursement of these grants.

The Minister said the project has help construction of 10,900 cost-effective classrooms and
1,000 sanitation blocks.

“We have hired 3,500 auxiliary teachers to help reduce teacher/pupil ratio across the country
iv. We have reformed the hardship support scheme which will reward teachers working in the most remote schools and we are conducting consultations with relevant government ministries,” she said.

Kambauwa Wirima said through the project , the Ministry supported female teachers through the same programme through, the provision of 2,605 Learner Mentors to various primary schools and these are female school leavers who will act as role models to girls in primary schools that have very few or no female teachers as well as
provision of financial support to various councils through District Action Plans which will assist districts to improve the distribution of female teachers in most disadvantaged schools.

Wilima has since urged the vehicle users to take care of the vehicles.

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