Over 232 Form 2 students on Equals scholarships

By Tione Andsen-MANA:

Over 232 Form 2 students are befitting from Equity with Quality and Learning at Secondary (EQUALS) Project with scholarship, Malawi News Agency (Mana) has learnt.

This was revealed Wednesday at Mwanza Secondary school, during EQUALS Media tour to some projects being implemented in 13 selected districts in the country.

Head Teacher for Mwanza Secondary School, Dereck Mkozombwa said the school has received five of the seven students who are on EQUALS scholarships.

He said the students are being supported with boarding and examination fees taking onto account that students are no longer paying tuition fees.

Mkozobwa pointed out, “These students are coming from selected remote Community Day Secondary Schools (CDSSs) and are being provided space at the district secondary schools. Although, there is no policy on the new arrangement but it is providing to be a great initiative.”

The Head Teacher believes the students on scholarship have being provided with an opportunity to concentrate with their education.

He said the students were subjected to long travel to school, lack of fees, shortage of teachers and classrooms in their previous schools.

“They have been encouraged to open out and concentrate in their studies in order to do well in class. We are hoping that they will adjust to the new learning environment,” Mkozombwa explained.

One of the beneficiary students, Alinafe Brake said the scholarship has enabled her to have enough time to concentrate on her studies unlike where she was as she was doing her own cooking.

She said things have changed for the better where the school was providing food which was giving them time to study and promised that she would work hard in order to come out top in their class.

“I am working closely with my fellow students to understand some of the issues particularly science and mathematics subjects. I need to put more efforts for me to be at the same level with the students I have joined them at this school,” Brake added.

Deputy Director for Secondary Education, Samuel Chibwana said EQUALS project was providing scholarships from A class schools from remote areas of the country.

He said so far 13 districts are being targeted for the schools where students from community day secondary schools are being supported at the district secondary schools.

“The criteria used was simple, we targeted remote schools where issues of connectivity are difficult, shortage of classrooms and teachers. We were picking outstanding students be it a male of female to start a new life at a district secondary school,” Chibwana stated.

The five students currently at Mwanza Secondary School were picked from Kambale, Chifunga and Malele CDSSs.

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