Students at Nkhatabay Secondary School in Malawi’s Northern Region have expressed great worry over the dilapidated state the school is currently in.
This comes weeks after the Northern Region Water Board disconnected water supply at the institution, leaving students and teachers with an extra time consuming work to search for water from other sources.
“We are spending a lot of time running up and down to look for water to drink, wash our clothes and use for taking a bath every day. This is affecting our studies, and we just can’t give in our best to studies,” said one student who did not want to be named.
The Headmaster of Khatabay Secondary School acknowledged in an interview that the school is indeed in bad shape and that management is failing to run the school due to lack of financial resources.
The school is run on grants from the Catholic Church in the diocese, and the Ministry or Education, Science and Technology said that government could not come in to help as there is no policy for government to support grant aided institutions in the country.
The ministry, through its spokesperson, indicated that the only support government renders to grant aided institutions like Khatabay Secondary School is the provision and support of teaching staff, and provision of learning and teaching materials.
Reports from Mzuzu Diocese Catholic Church indicate that the church is currently pressured to use its limited resources in so many pressing social and economic needs of people in the diocese. However, the church has called on well-wishers to come along with any help that will ease the problems at Khatabay Secondary School.
Khatabay Secondary School has existed for about 60 years now, and most of its infrastructure especially classroom blocks, ceiling, hostels and water supply is in very sorry state.