Chiradzulu girls challenged to complete studies

Chiradzulu: Current low enrollment for girls at secondary school level in Chiradzulu is likely going to improve, courtesy of the Japanese Government that has built and handed over the facility to the district in an attempt to ease access to education.

Speaking over the weekend during the handover of K84 million worthy Chikangulu Community Day Secondary (CDSS) in the district, Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Kae Yanagisawa said construction of the school was one of the many projects that the Japanese Government was undertaking within the country’s education sector.

She explained that the school was one of the fruits of the joint cooperation between the two countries aimed at improving both education quality and access, noting that reduced distances between schools and the community would greatly simplify matters for girls who struggle with their education due to distances, leading to increase in drop outs.

Yanagisawa encouraged the girls to remain in school considering that the school had been situated close to their home, saying: Stay in school until you finish. Complete your education so that in future you are in a position to contribute to the development of this country and sustain yourself.

Member of Parliament for Chiradzulu South, Joseph Mwanamvekha linked the construction of the Chikangulu CDSS in his area as a step towards meeting the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy 111 which puts education as a key driver to the country’s economic growth.

Mwanamvekha who is also Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development challenged the girls in the area to work hard and remain in school, arguing that girls will have no excuse for failing to complete their studies with a secondary school within their vicinity.

With such a modern secondary school close to you, chances are very high for you to realize your career dreams which previously appeared blurred because of the long distance you had to endure, he added.

Chiradzulu District Education Manager (DEM), Harris Kachale observed that the construction of Chikangulu CDSS would improve accessibility to secondary education which was earlier only limited to Muhasuwa CDSS, as the only available secondary school in the area.

Muhasuwa has all along had eight feeder primary schools with a maximum admission of 100 every year, a situation which left other qualified and deserving primary school leaving students with nowhere to go. That is now history, he said.

Chiradzulu District Commissioner, Malango Botomani pledged that the council would work with communities in owning and management of the school to ensure that the structure lives to its expectation.

We are going to work with chiefs and the rest of the community to ensure that the school is maintained in good state, he assured.

Botomani disclosed that the council plans to introduce a motivation project for girls to continue with their education, noting that the initiative would utilize well educated females from the district to encourage and inspire girls to study and aspire big in life.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA