Speaking when he officially launched the policy, Bishop Mtumbuka, who is the Bishop chair for education commission, said the policy was crucial as it strives to promote the quality of education in Catholic schools and the nation at large.
Mtumbuka expressed gratitude to the government of Malawi for various support rendered to the Catholic Church and education component of the church is now spared.
“As a Church we started receiving support from government in 1926 which is a long time ago. We are thankful for the Ministry of education’s support to grand-aided school like those that we have as a Catholic Church,” he said.
He said while the church acknowledges the support from government but this also goes to the people of Malawi who support Catholic schools through their taxes paid to government.
Bishop Mtumbuka, who is also the Vice Chairman for the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, observed numerous challenges that the education sector in the country is facing hence need to be addressed.
He among others outlined the inadequate of human resource to fill vacant positions and an increase number of orphans requiring assistance, HIV and Aids, poverty, poor water and sanitation facilities lack of school infrastructure, teaching and learning materials and qualified teachers as the major challenges which the church cannot manage alone.
According to His Lordship Bishop Mtumbuka, the relevance of these challenges emerges from the context of the social, cultural and religious complexity in which young people are growing up in.
“The launch of the policy has come about this time because times have changed and as a church through our education commission, would want to keep up with the standards. It is anticipated that the Catholic Education Policy will offer direction to stimulate those who have been given the mandate of managing Catholic education institution to ensure that the original aim for establishing them is revived," said Bishop Mtumbuka.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education Charles Msosa hailed the Catholic Church for coming up with the policy describing it as a good development to the education sector as standards of education are improving day by day.
“This is a big step as it will result in a more focused approach to addressing some of the problems in the education sector. We applaud the Commission for this initiative which is a sure sign of commitment to improve education outcomes for all Malawians,” Msosa said.
He said the Ministry will continue to support the Catholic Education Commission where possible as we strive to achieve our goals in education and also bring this new policy to life.
The Catholic Education Commission has ably developed the policy with financial support from the US Bishop Conference through Catholic Relief Services (CRS).