DIRECTORATE OF EDUCATION
By the year 2020, Lilongwe Urban Education district will provide quality and relevant education to its learners to enable them acquire relevant knowledge, skills, expertise and competencies to perform effectively as citizens of Malawi.
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Dr. Martha Magreta-Sineta
Lilongwe Urban Education District will strive to accomplish its vision by providing more teaching and learning materials, rehabilitating classrooms, constructing more schools, and ensuring that there are adequate and proper facilities that are well- built to accommodate all pupils and teachers including those with special needs, offering better developed sports infrastructure, promoting community participation and ownership in school management and being responsive to all health related ailments including HIV / AIDS, water and sanitation challenges.
Lilongwe City has 55 full public government primary schools, 48 registered private primary schools and 51 unregistered private primary schools. There are a total of 1,100 classrooms in the 55 public schools. The district has a total of 2,144 teachers of which 1,920 are female and 224 are male and there are 70, 999 boys and 75,214 girls making an enrolment of 146, 213 which translate into pupil: teacher ratio of 68:1. Although this pupil: teacher ratio is low, the distribution of teachers is not even. For example, there are some schools especially in the peripheral, where there is an acute shortage of teachers. For example, Kamkodola primary school has a pupil: teacher ratio of 138:1.This is due to inadequate teachers’ houses and shortage of good rentable houses.
All the 55 public schools have School Management Committees, Parent/Teacher Associations and mother groups. These community committees are helpful in school management as they take an active role in ensuring that pupils are enrolled and persevere in school, they help solve minor discipline and maintenance problems and they work as a bridge between the community and the leadership of the school.
As of 2008, all the schools had School Improvement Plans (SIPs) which were revisited and updated in 2012. Schools developed the SIPs in order to use the plans for the improvement of teaching and learning, appearance of their schools and be able to manage funds that the school may have. Many of the schools have some funds which parents contribute for small projects such as procurement of cleaning materials and small equipment for use at the schools. In addition, as of 2012, all the 55 public schools benefited from the School Improvement Programme by way of getting direct grants that financed some of the activities articulated in the School Improvement Plan.
The city has 29 public secondary schools. Out of these, 24 are Community Day Secondary Schools (CDSSs).Out of the five conventional secondary schools, one is a girls’ national boarding secondary school, three are double shift day secondary schools and the remaining is a day secondary school. There are 10 registered and more non-registered private secondary schools.
Results of the National Examinations in primary school have been good; our major problem is that some pupils with good grades are not selected to secondary school because the district has no District Secondary School as is the case with rural districts. The transition rate for Lilongwe city Education district is only 33.9%, basing on official selection to Government secondary Schools. There is in adequate data for transition rate hence the gap.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 13:46