Malawi Education Minister Slams Madonna Over School Plans

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January 23, 2011 | 9:40am EST

Madonna has been criticized by Malawi’s education minister for allegedly failing to inform officials of her plans to make changes to her girls school and open more facilities in the country.
The Material Girl started construction on the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls last April, but she’s already in the process of “implementing several changes” to the scheme.

Earlier this month, Madonna revealed she is planning to launch more schools across Malawi, instead of concentrating on just one institution, saying, “I realize that the plans we had in place for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls simply would not serve enough children.”

But the star, who has adopted two children from the African nation, has come under fire from local residents and officials in the Malawian government for failing to consult them about her expansion plans.

Education minister Peter Mutharika tells Britain’s The Guardian, “We’d like to know why she has changed (her plans). Yes, we do appreciate that it is her project; she devised it and she knows best how to implement it. But still, as government, we’d be interested to know why there is this change.

“I honestly don’t know the number of schools she is going to construct, where she will build and for how long. So until we talk to her, we can’t comment much.”