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Ministry of Education Science & Technology

     

     

     

     

Directorate of Education Planning


Functions
1.    Policy formulation, guidance and sector oversight
2.    Sector implementation advice
3.    Overall sector coordination
4.    Projects and programme formulation and implementation
5.    Sector Resource mobilization and Sector budgeting
6.    Sector Monitoring and Evaluation
7.    Education Data Management

Ministerial Policies and Strategic Priorities
1.    The draft National Education Policy (NEP): The policy has been drafted is currently awaiting PS`s committee`s approval. Policy guidelines for respective subsectors are operational.
2.    The Education Bill 2012: This is the education Law established by an Act of Parliament and it draws from the education policy.
3.    The National Education Sector Plan (NESP 2008-2018): This plans draws from the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy and it outlines Sector`s aspirations, goals and strategies from 2008-2018. This Plan is being implemented through the five (5) year Education Sector Implementation Plans (ESIP 2009-2013; ESIP 2013-2017);

The plans outline the following strategic priorities;
1.    Expand equitable access to education to enable all to benefit;
2.    Improve quality and relevance of education to reduce drop-out and repetition and promote effective learning, and
3.    Improve governance and management of the system to enable more effective and efficient delivery of services.
4.    Development of ESIP II (2013-2017) is in its final stages.
5.    Drafting of the Sector`s strategic Plan is planned to commence in August, 2014.

The Education Sector Wide Approach (SWAP)

In January, 2010, The Malawi Government (GoM) through the Ministries of Finance and Education, Science and Technology signed the Joint Financing Agreement (JFA) and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Development Partners (DPS) signaling the commencement of the Education Sector Wide Approach (SWAp).
The JFA was signed by four (4) Development Partners, namely, Department for International Development (DfID), The World Bank, German Development Cooperation (GDC) and United Nation`s Children Education Fund (UNICEF). Additionally, The Sector got a grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The JFA forms the basis for ‘Pool Funding’. These DPs committed resources amounting to US$256Million over a period of four (4) to five (5) years beginning year 2010.
Aside ‘Pool Financing’, the MoU provides a framework for discreet financing where some DPs are financing the NESP/ESIP through various projects. The funds in this context do not go through the GoM systems.

The Pool Funding has prescribed areas where the funds can be spent on:
I.    Construction and upgrading of education facilities (including school mapping,    maintenance, furniture, equipment and the management and supervision of construction work)
II.    Direct support to disadvantaged children (including bursaries and cash transfers for children in school and Complementary Basic Education (CBE) for out-of-school children)
III.    Textbooks and other Teaching and Learning Materials (TLMs) (including stationery, equipment, and teaching aids)         
IV.    Training of primary school teachers (not including allowances for IPTE teachers or running costs of TTC)
V.    Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for primary teachers (and teaching service management reform)
VI.    Primary School Improvement Programme (PSIP) (including planning, training, and school grants)
VII.    Planning and financial management at central and district level (including capacity-building and change management)
The SWAp secretariat is resident in the planning department of the Ministry of Education and the following are the structures:
JSR                  Joint Sector Review
SWG                Sector Working Group
SWAp TC        SWAp Technical Committee
SWAp SEC      SWAp Secretariat


I.    Technical Working Groups (TWGs)
Technical Working Group 1:  Basic Education
II.    Technical Working Group 2:  Secondary Education
III.    Technical Working Group 3:  Tertiary Education (Technical and Vocational & Higher Education)
IV.    Technical Working Group 4:  Teacher Development & Management
V.    Technical Working Group 5:  Infrastructure
VI.    Technical Working Group 6:  Crosscutting Issues (School Health, Special Education and Gender)
VII.    Technical Working Group 7:  Quality Assurance
VIII.    Technical Working Group 8:  Management & Governance

System Task Forces (STFs)
SystemTask Force 1:  Finance & Procurement
System Task Force 2:  Communication & Information Management
System Task Force 3:  Research, Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation
System Task Force 4:  Capacity Building
The TWGs and STFs listed provide a forum for technical consultations. Their general task is to support the Education sector and Ministry of Education Science and Technology (Mo EST) as the key implementing institution in planning and implementation of different sub sector policies/ strategies. The actual sub sector policies/strategies development and implementation role remains the responsibility of MoEST departments/units/institutions in line with ESWG guidance.
Specific tasks for TWGs
1.    Contribute to comprehensive subsector ‘Political, Economic, Technological and Social’ (PETS) and ‘strengths Weakness, Opportunities and Threats’ (SWOT) analysis of the subsectors.
2.    Provide professional advice on development/ review of sub sector policies/strategies and sub sector budgeting
3.    Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of the sub sectors in key priority areas
4.    Establish, with approval from SWAp Technical committee, sub technical working groups or Task forces on priority areas as need may be.

Deliverables for TWGs
1.    Annual Work Plans(AWPs)
2.    Quarterly reports on the AWPs
3.    Status reports on special assignments.
Specific Tasks for STFs
1.    Synergize the work of all key actors in the domain.
2.    Contribute to the analysis of specific agreed issues and develop roadmap    leading to establishment of the domain system
3.    Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of the domain system

Deliverables for STFs
1.    Roadmap for establishment of the domain system
2.    Annual Work Plans (AWPs) that feed into sub sector work plans
3.    Quarterly reports (QRs) on the AWPs that contribute to Sub sector quarterly reports

 

 
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Ministry of Education, Science & Technology
Capital Hill Circle,
Private Bag 328, Capital City, Lilongwe 3, Malawi.

Telephone: +265 1 789 422 / +265 1 789 416
Fax: +265 1 788 184 / +265 1 788 064
Email: education@education.gov.mw