Ken Ndala

Upon leaving CIE Ken returned to his post as a lecturer in Education Policy, Planning and Leadership at Chancellor College, University of Malawi.  In 2005 he enrolled in the University of Witwatersrand in Republic of South Africa and pursued his PhD focusing on Educational Policy and Planning. Upon return to Chancellor College, he was subsequently appointed Director of the newly established E-Learning Centre at the University.


Interestingly,  Antonie Chigeda became the acting director of the E-Learning Centre when Ken left to join the Ministry of Education.


During this time Ken was also engaged by Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST} through GIZ to review the National Education Sector Plan (NESP) which led into the Development of the Malawi Education Sector Improvement Project (MESIP) by the World Bank. He was then seconded to Ministry of Education in 2015 as Director of Educational Planning to assist in the development and implementation of MESIP. 


In 2017 he was promoted to Principal Secretary of MOEST. In 2018 he was moved to serve as Principal Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism. In 2020 he was transferred to establish a new Ministry of Population, Planning and Social welfare.  He has since been de-seconded from government and is now back at Chancellor College as Dean of Education. [4-21]


His publications include:


  • Analysis of factors affecting pupil performance in Malawi primary schools, International Journal of educational Development, 2017;
  • Teacher Attrition, The case of Malawi 1996 to 2011. Greener Journal of Educational Research, Jan 2015;
  • Development of Educational Plans: The case of Malawi, 1964 to 2001. Malawi Journal of Educational Development, 2008;
  • Developments and Trends in Secondary Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: OSISA, 2006


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