By Emma Zawanda
Minister of Education has urged school authorities to come up with ways to allow learners to take home text books arguing learning does not end in the classroom.
Agnes Nyalonje was speaking in Lilongwe on Wednesdy morning when she officially opened a symposium on National Reading Program.
Nyalonje envisioned that pupils should be done with learning and reading after finishing Standard 4.
She cited local and international studies that found that learners are unable to read and write Chichewa by the time they reach Standard 5.
"During the five year period the program has been running, government has printed and distributed close to Twelve Million learners’ books and Four Hundred Thousand teachers’ guide manuals to all public primary school across the country," said Nyalonje.
According to Nyalonje failure to read affects children’s progress in education and stressed government is committed to ensuring no child is left behind in the program.
In her remarks USAID Malawi Education Officer Director, Christine Veverka, recognized the crucial role government is doing in improving education.