Ministry of Education, Science and Technology

Directorate of Secondary and Distance Education

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The Ministry’s main purpose in providing secondary education is to prepare students for employment in both the formal and informal sectors and to prepare them for further studies in various fields at the tertiary level.  This is achieved by providing equitable access to quality and relevant education which is properly managed and governed.

The directorate thrives toimprove access, quality and equity in secondary education (including access to learners with Special Education Needs), strengthening science in the secondary curriculum; and developing an effective and efficiently managed national secondary and distance education directorate.


  • Initiating policy formulation for achievement of quality education within the parameters of Secondary Education in consultation with stakeholders.
  • Conducting policy review and implementation in conjunction with Planning Department to ensure that these policies are implemented by Divisions and Schools. 
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of policies and programmes within the parameters of Secondary Education
  • Propose amendments to the Education Act.
  • Coordinating Secondary Education activities with Non-Governmental Organizations and other Government Departments
  • Resourcing of the curriculum
  • Environmental setting for teaching and learning.
  • Monitoring Administration of Secondary Schools including supply of teaching and learning materials.
  • Development of guidelines and statutes governing the management and conduct of secondary education.
  • Selection of form 1 students to public secondary schools on merit basis.
  • Admission of students into public secondary schools.
  • Handling student discipline cases.
  • Attending board meetings of Grant-aided secondary schools.
  • Handling the National Bursary Scheme and Cash Transfers.
  • Supervision, coordination, monitoring and advising on educational activities in various secondary institutions to promote and encourage good practices among teachers and school managers.
  • Monitoring administration and conduct of national examinations.
  • Posting of Headteachers and teachers.
  • Liaising with stakeholders, NGOs and development partners on various programmes.
  • Handling secondary distance education through the Malawi College of Distance Education (MCDE).
  • Promotion of girls’ education at the secondary level. 

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Projects and Programmes

Bursaries and Cash Transfers

  • Kamuzu Academy
    A total of 68 students comprising 34 boys and 34 girls were selected and awarded bursaries to study at the Kamuzu Academy.
  • Ordinary Bursaries
    A total of 14, 559 students comprising 6,247 girls and 7,313 were awarded government bursaries in public secondary schools
  • Other Bursary providers
    • CAMFED with support of DFID Malawi and the MasterCard Foundation supports vulnerable girls in Malawi.  It operates in 17 Districts across the country.  It started in 2009 with 2 districts in 57 schools targeting 138 students.  In 2012 CAMFED expanded to 17 districts in 624 schools targeting 11,130 students.
    • Press Trust provides bursary to students who have performed exceptionally well at PSLCE examinations up to form 4.  Other NGO’s are FAWEMA, Age Africa (ZOMBA), Save the Children Malawi (Targets children infected and affected by the HIV &AIDS pandemic), Action Aid and CARE Malawi.
    • Multi Choice Malawi Ltd
      Provision of Resource centres in 46 selected secondary schools across the country.  Resource package include TV screen, HD Decoders and Free education Bouquets. 
  • Cash Transfers
    A total of 2,754 students comprising 1,744 girls and 2,754 benefitted from the cash transfer programme.

Training of Headteachers

26 Head teachers were trained in school management.

Procurement of Teaching and Learning Materials

534,500 textbooks, 9,967 mattress and 20,000 chairs and desks were procured.  Presently 15,000 mattresses, 30,000 desks and chairs, 822,000 textbooks have been ordered.
In addition to these, the ministry received four 40 ft.  containers of assorted chemicals and equipment from the government of India which were distributed to schools.

Keeping Girls in School Project (KGIS)

The Ministry of Education in conjunction with UNICEF is undertaking a water and sanitation programme to improve retention and completion rates for girls.  The main goal of the programme is to increase the number of girls completing secondary education especially in community day secondary schools through three main interventions:

  1. Construction of 300 latrine blocks in 200 selected Community Day Secondary Schools in ten districts.
  2. Provision of safe water points in 80 Community Day Secondary Schools.
  3. Provision of hygienic sanitary facilities and materials to girls in these targeted schools.
  4. The project started in 2013 and will end in 2016.
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