WINDHOEK, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- A delegation from the Malawi education ministry is in Namibia to consult about best education practices.
The objective of the visit is to learn best practices from Namibia that would be instrumental in the crafting of Malawi's harmonized teacher management strategy geared towards improved education provision and service delivery at schools, said Ellen Simango, head of delegation and Deputy Director of Basic Education at the Malawian Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
According to Simango, Malawi faces various challenges and is grappling with education provision, particularly teacher management and recruitment, given that Malawi has no coordinated and harmonized teacher management policies in place.
Enrolment in primary phase in Malawi increased to 4.9 million and 3.8 million respectively after the implementation of free education in 1994, from 1.3 million before 1994.
"This has also put pressure of the demand for teachers, and thus our learners/teacher ratio in urban areas stands at 78:1 in urban areas and 100: 1 in rural areas," said Simango.
Malawian Economist, Evance Kazembe, who is also part of the Malawian delegation, added that the policies and regulations in place at the moment vary from place to place, which is making it difficult to address the various challenges the country faces, especially teacher management.
"It has been a challenge to retain teachers especially in rural areas and overall management of teachers as Malawi does not have a harmonized policy in this regard." Simango said.
Veno Kauaria, acting Permanent Secretary in Namibia's Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, said that the delegation will also visit schools and key programs.
The delegation will conduct the study tour from Aug. 14th to 18th in Windhoek. Thereafter, the delegation will proceed to Botswana to further explore and tap on the country's best practices in education.