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Govt dismisses reintroducing primary school fees


Written by Sam Phiri

Government has dismissed allegations that it will reintroduce school fees for children enrolled to primary school education, government has said.

The media was awash with reports that under the ongoing civil service reforms, parents will be paying an amount of K950 per term in public schools.

But government through the Ministry of Education has dismissed the rumours saying public primary education is still free. According to Ministry of Education spokesperson Manfred Ndovi, government has never sat down to discuss on bringing back fees to primary schools.

“Let the general public disregard that as those rumours because as a ministry we did not sit down to discuss that so as it stands, primary education is still free,” said Ndovi.

He said government has got no intentions whatsoever to introduce the fee paying system for primary education. “We don’t know that and it did not come from us, let the children continue going to school for free.” added Ndovi.

Malawi introduced the free primary education system soon after becoming a democratic state under former president Bakili Muluzi.

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