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Title:Problems of Islamic Education in Malawi
Author:Matiki, Alfred J.I.
Periodical:Journal of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:Islamic education
Religion and Witchcraft
Education and Oral Traditions
Abstract:This paper outlines the problems that Islamic education in Malawi is facing. The Islamic educational system in Malawi has registered a number of successes. However, there are problems inherent in the system which are symptomatic of the areas in which Islamic education in Malawi has so far failed to rise beyond the foundation line. The lack of an administrative machinery has cost the system a great deal of loss. First, the aims of Islamic education have remained undefined and ill-conceived. Second, there are no comprehensive official records as regards the number of 'madrassa' (school) pupils on roll and 'mua'llims' (Islamic teachers) in the country. Third, no genuine attempt has been made to establish an inspectorate to monitor progress in the 'madrassas'. Fourth, the attitude of the MAM (Muslim Association in Malawi) administrators towards Islamic education is generally indifferent. Furthermore, most of the 'mua'llims' are untrained as teachers and many of them have poor educational credentials. In the curriculum such subjects as moral instruction and Arabic are missing. Finally, teaching methods are inadequate. All this leads to spiritual torpor and lack of moral commitment in 'madrassa' graduates. Improvements in the present system should begin with the establishment of the necessary administrative machinery. Notes, ref.