Blantyre, April 27, Mana: Parents and guardians in the country have been asked to take a leading role in shaping lives of their children so that they do not engage in risky behaviours as they are home due to closure of schools.
Executive Director for Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education (CYECE), Lucky Crown Mbewe told Mana on Monday that currently children are busy with internet while some associate with people who have bad behaviour.
This, he said, poses a threat for them copying the bad behaviour.
“With the coming in of technology, there is need for parents to keep on monitoring their children to ensure they are not exposed to risks associated with online materials through the use of technology.
“In many parts of Malawi to date, especially in trading centres even in rural areas, children are exposed to harmful materials through video shows which have been translated into vernacular languages,” said Mbewe.
In an interview, one of the country’s education experts, Steve Sharra called on parents and guardians to try their best in providing home-based education lessons as one way of keeping their children active.
Sharra further asked government to implement radio programs to cater for children who reside in rural areas for them to access lessons.
“Currently, only 50 per cent of Malawian households have access to mobile phones, but most of these phones are not smart phones.
“Only 34 per cent of Malawian households have radios, and only 16 per cent have access to internet. This means a majority of Malawian children will need education program that will be based on radio platforms,” he said.
Recently, Minister of Education Science and Technology, Dr William Susuwele Banda said government was in the final stage of developing radio lessons through Malawi College of Distance Education (MCDE) that will cover primary school sector in the country.
President Peter Mutharika ordered closure of schools from March 23 as part of precautionary measures to guard against COVID-19 in the country. Malawi has so far recoded 34 cases of COVID- 19, including three (3) deaths.