Without the Ministry’s approval, the new site risk being closed
The Ministry of Education has cautioned Maranatha Private Schools impending relocation to a new site arguing it’s not in line with the Education Act of 2013.
This follows the school’s intent to relocate to the new site following the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and Cholera’s directive on the delayed opening of schools due to the current outbreak as evidenced by surging Cholera cases notably in the cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe.
Following the decision to suspend schools re-opening until further notice on 2nd January, Maranatha Academy notified the public on 6th January that it has moved from Blantyre, form 2 and 4 students to Balaka and Zalewa in Neno for classes after government announced its extended holiday.
The school’s Managing Director Ernest Kaonga said it had secured a place there and will go back to their campuses in Blantyre once government comes up with new opening dates.
“We cannot afford to lose about two weeks for our students while their friends who will sit for the same examinations are learning,” disclosed Kaonga.
The school had planned to resume learning on Monday January 16th
However a press release from Secretary for Education Chikondano Mussa reminded school proprietors that Section 38 of the Education Act 2013 does not allow relocations without prior approval of the Minister.
“The Ministry of Education would like to remind proprietors of schools that, under Section 38 of the Education Act 2013, a proprietor of a school or college shall ensure that no variation in the establishment of the school or college takes place without the prior written approval of the Minister. For the purposes of section 38, “variation in the establishment of a school,” includes the transfer of the school or college to a new site and the same can only be done upon being granted approval and a certificate being issued.
“A proprietor is under an obligation as provided for under section 35 to conform to the registered particulars of his or her school which include the site of the school'” read the press release.
It further stated that it has received no application by any school for re-location to a new site and no school transfer to a new site without being granted an approval and a certificate to that effect failing which the new site will be closed.