Subjects in School
Subjects include the National Language (Chewa), Maths, Science, Social Studies, English, Life Studies, Agriculture, The Bible & Art (a mix of drawing, PE & Home Economics).
Passing a national test is a requirement to continue in education and with the passline in Primary school set at 200 points from a maximum score of 600 points there are still many students who repeat the year due to poor results.
This year prior to the final exam in May for Primary School students attending 8th grade I asked the students what they would like to be in the future. The girls responses were perhaps surprisingly better than the boys- the girls all had clear goals- they wanted to be teachers or nurses, join the police or become a judge.
Where the road had been swept away by the rains I met some boys who were trying to replace the soil on the unpaved road. Although they were likely anywhere from 4th to 7th graders they too wanted to be policemen, lawyers, nursers and even the President!
The cause of women of course has been helped to a degree by Joyce Banda- Malawi’s 4th President and for many following the path of education is the way to a better future. It’s certainly more hopeful for the future of Malawi.
Additional Info: An Overview of Changes in Education
According to Page 40 of “50 Years of Malawi in Charts” primary school enrolment increased soon after the provision of free primary education in 1995. However while 38% of those students continued to middle school only 1% went any further. Few children were in receipt of a higher education. Yet it is to the children we look to for the future. It is for that purpose that Seibo provides a regular hot meal at school in Malawi –for the future of Malawi.