Atsamunda Silently Resurrects In Malawi:From Kalibu Academy, FMB, Now Ill-treating Malawians At St Andrews High School

Centre Of Abuse: St Andrews International High School

As if in defiance to our Countries laws, the New headteacher at St Andrews International High School in Blantyre has been championing a hunt against Malawian staff and dismissing them without any form of justice.

The recent move has seen Kieron Smith issuing a letter to the staff at this Government designated school telling all staff that they will let him know where they want their pension transferred by August.

This follows new contracts that he says will be given only to staff that show good attitude to their work and are seen to to want to be at the institution.

In a letter sent to all staff, Kieron writes ‘It is not automatic that all of you will have new contracts, I will only give contracts to only those that show good conduct and their attitude shows they want to be here’.

The letter has sent more questions than answers among staff on how this attitude will be measured in an institution that has no any form of appraisal.

‘There are a lot of things going on in this place and we wish Government intervened to save us’ said our source who opted for anonymity. You will be shocked to hear that all those vacancies that appear in the papers, no Malawian is called for an interview. Is it not a requirement that when a job is offered to an expatriate there should also be an understudy? Our source questioned


“They only do this to beat the Malawi immigration laws and at times bribe the immigration officers.’ ‘How is it possible that the Department of Immigration is able to issue TEPs to these white people in this country without proper investigation? When they come here they give employment to their wives who in the first place come as family and all of a sudden they are very qualified. How many universities do we have in this country and how old are they? Do we need a white person to teach us Mathematics? What type of Mathematics? How come College of Medicine, Poly and Chancol is able to teach people Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Algebra? When you give TEPs to these people they thank us by calling us monkeys and at the same time warn us never to start any workers union. Why are we slaves in our own country?

It is rumoured that some weeks ago the Deputy Head Teacher Andrew Whaite abused a young female teacher who works as an assistant in the drama department. The lady denied him sex and he kept illtreating her calling her names. Kieron Smith did nothing. Male white teachers do take boys from Ndirande township and sleep with them and nothing is happening.

Malawi is said to have not accepted same sex marriages. It is time that as a country we should be respected for what we fought for. If these white people are the best, why can’t they go and teach in their own land? Why come teach monkeys?

24 Responses to "Atsamunda Silently Resurrects In Malawi:From Kalibu Academy, FMB, Now Ill-treating Malawians At St Andrews High School"

  1. Fanny Malikebu   April 20, 2017 at 9:50 am

    When something bad has happened to someone else we say there is no substantial argument and evidence(kodi munthu amagwirilidwa pagulu? )- even in cases where evidence exists no-one assists and evidence files are hiden to protect the image of institutions, the truth is a young woman according to the above information was abused and it’s up to that particular person to report the matter to the responsible entity be it to the schools disciplinary committee’s or PRISAM DIsciplinary committee up to the Ministry of Education or and even police section on abuses, or TUM President etc. She should not make people love her whilst she is suffering underneath. Some people are good and taking peace from others and bringing misery in their lives. Even if it was a public school the action could be the same. Each problem has results: it’s either the school will lose a good teacher or this teacher will end underperforming due to fear. In additional the results would be sour relationship with the management team or the perpetrator of the abuse. The students will end being losers. Dziko lawonongeka mulungu watayidwa. Chifwamba chokhachokha. This teacher needs assistance. Honesty pays…lf the story is honest she should not fear. Expose the issue and communicate quickly thats how we handle harassment. Let the name of the perpetrator be known to the world. Chonde tiyeni timudziwe mulungu. Harassment ili chibale or chimzake because it’s effects are life long.

  2. Eliot Taylor   April 21, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Seems to me that there is a lot of reverse racism being expressed here with people talking about ‘whites’ as if we are all the same. It also seems to me this article was written by somebody with an agenda, a disgruntled ex employee perhaps? Close the school many of you say? And what do you propose happens to the 90% Malawian learners? This is the best and only international high school in the south of Malawi so where will those learners go, the learners of rich well educated Malawians?

  3. Jnet   April 25, 2017 at 11:01 am

    This reeks of malice and unjust reverse racism. In every sector in Malawi we have expatriates providing a service. The very essence of international schools is it’s mobile international staff who mainly have the right credentials for teaching the British national curriculum.

    What are International schools?
    International schools are regular schools, using the same curriculum and standards as schools from their curriculums home country. In this case, St Andrews High school follows the British National Curriculum therefore it follows British standards of education. There are other international schools such as American, Italian, Japanese, German, and many others. International schools often have more teachers from the Curriculum’s country of origin. This is because British trained teachers automatically have qualified teacher status to teach the national curriculum. In the same way that Malawian trained teachers automatically qualify to teach the Malawian curriculum.

    The History of International In schools in Malawi
    Intl schools in Malawi were set up to offer the British national curriculum to foreign nationals. This doesn’t mean that locals were not admitted into the schools. Those that choose these schools do so for the service they provide and that entails teaching using the British national curriculum. 
    To effectively do that the schools need to hire teachers with experience and qualifications linked with teaching the national curriculum.

    Requirements for Teaching at an international school
    If anyone wants to teach in an international school, there’s one simple truth. Get the right credentials. You need to study for a (PGCE) post graduate certificate in Education to be considered for a teaching position across many intl schools. In Africa, where most teachers only have their first degree, sometimes international schools have used ‘experience teaching the British national curriculum’ as a criteria for recruiting locally. However, while some get jobs this way it is not a guarantee they’d be considered elsewhere. In the UK and around Europe you can have a Master’s degree but not be allowed to teach, simply because you don’t have a teaching qualification. This is true for primary or secondary education. Instead of hating on people we just need to up our own game. Get the right qualifications and be equal contenders not because of playing the race card, but because we have the right and equal qualifications.

    I personally travelled to Kenya to visit several intl schools under the Braeban group of intl schools where I met other local teachers working in international schools from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Southafrica and Ethiopia. The structure was the same across these countries. Teaching staff in international schools have more British trained teachers because the service these schools offer is British education overseas. It’s a bit like opening a school teaching the Malawi curriculum in the UK and expecting local Brits to form the majority of the work force.

    And let’s not hate on qualified women returning to work after relocating with their spouse. Most teachers I know are married to teaching partners. Like any working couple will know, it’s hard to move to a new place and find two jobs at the same time. I moved to the UK with my partner who is also a teacher. I’m currently not working but looking for a job. When I get a job, I won’t JUST be a wife/ partner turned teacher. I will be a teacher returning to teaching.

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