Students fight for construction of secondary school in Machinga

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A group of Malawian university students in Machinga district have petitioned government asking it to expedite the construction of a boarding school in the district.

Machinga does not have a government boarding secondary school and the students believe this is contributing to poor academic performance by students in the district.

The group, University Students Association of Machinga (USAM), has written the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) to seek clarification on whether the project that is underway in the district is indeed a boarding school.

Junior Certificate of Education

Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano: Copied with the letter.

In the letter, which has been addressed to minister of Education Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano and has been copied to the Parliamentary committee on education, the students have asked government to make a public statement clarifying the nature of the project and when it will be finished.

The group has also warned government that if there is still no boarding secondary school in the district by the end of this year, USAM will temporarily close Machinga Teachers Training College and use it as a secondary school until such a time when government will construct one in the district.

USAM communications officer, Rabson Assam , a fourth year student of Media for development at Chancellor College said in the past the group also petitioned the ministry on the need for a secondary school in the district.

In response, the ministry assured the group that government is building a boarding secondary school in Liwonde.

“Considering government is silent on its promises to our petition, we wrote the authorities a follow up seeking clarification on the whether the project is really a boarding school or mere buildings,” he said.

However, government is yet to respond to the latest petition.

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  1. Although Am 4rom De Central Bt De Govmnt Should Take Afu Responsibility 2 Do Dat De Incharge Of De Hous Is De One Who Know All De Problems In Dat Hous So Panopa Nd Apitala Dont Point At Bakili Muluz Zake Anamaliza Tiyen Tisabwerere Mbuy Lets Be 4ward Guyz

  2. The point here is not to blame somebody for the problem at hand, what the people of Machinga want is a District Boarding Secondary School. You will agree with me that the district in mention is blessed with NGO trying to promote eduacation but perfomance at MSCE has been so pathetic over years. Apart from culture and politics as Kamoto Khaorea put it, poor infrustructures in the district has contributed greatly to poor education in Machinga (Research by University students, 2013). In Machinga, there are 16 CDSS and 4 conventiona SS. if you went to CDSS you would really appreciate the argument presented by the so called concerned University students.. Almost all CDSS havve no Libraries, Lab, even infrustructures are not conducive. such student in thoses CDSS are the ones in other district selected to district boarding SS. let’s not politicize this. This is a serious issue worth giving attention. let me clarify here that the govt in its respopnse to petition which the groun which presented, made an assuarance that the govt is aware of the problem is making all its best to solve it. It assured that addition resource have been identified for the projector underway in the district (that on 4th August,2013). seeing the delays, thats when this follow-up letter come in. WITH ALL HOPES, MACHINGA WILL HAVE A DISTRICT BOARDING SECONDARY SCHOOL

  3. Mmmmm! MR GUNDE BODZA BAKILI ANAPANGA KUMBALI YAKE MWATSALA INUYO! MR GUNDE KUTI MUPANGE ZANU KUTI ANTHU AONE CHITUKUKO CHANU BASI MUSIYENI BAKILI APUME MWAMVA OSATI KUNYOZA NTSOGOLERI WAKALE ENA NDIWA AKULEPHELAWA KOMA NDI OPHUNZIRA KWAMBIRI POLEMBA NKHANI PAMAFUNI KUMAGANIZA FIRST NGATI MUMADANA NDI AYAO OR
    ASILSMU SIZIKUTHANDIZANI

  4. Muluzi did alot only that anthu sitmayamika;mbenjere ,mpiri, upgrading of the road from naminga to mangochi ,magetsi .tiyeni tisanyoze but tipemphe chomwe chatsalira

  5. Muluzi did alot only that anthu sitmayamika;mbenjere ,mpiri, upgrading of the road from naminga to mangochi ,magetsi .tiyeni tisanyoze but tipemphe chomwe chatsalira

  6. I think its because Balaka and Machinga was one district and thats why only balaka secondary school was constructed. But I just heard that plans are underway to construct a boarding secondary school. But during Bakili muluzi’s time, several secondary schools were constricted in Machinga which include Mbenjere secondary school and Mpiri secondary school. These are very beautiful secondary schools and those who have been in Machinga will agree with me

  7. I think its because Balaka and Machinga was one district and thats why only balaka secondary school was constructed. But I just heard that plans are underway to construct a boarding secondary school. But during Bakili muluzi’s time, several secondary schools were constricted in Machinga which include Mbenjere secondary school and Mpiri secondary school. These are very beautiful secondary schools and those who have been in Machinga will agree with me

  8. Thus great.. unfortunately as one of the citizen from thr area I asked mps for the area thru Machinga facebook Forum about the issue. One mp confirmed the construction of the District Secondary school. However am concerned with the location… Liwonde…Idont know if the structures are not meant to expand Liwonde CDSS… To me it does not make sense to have aTeachers Training college standing there at mpirisi when those students could be sent to other existing colleges and use the structure to. accomodate the Boarding sec. school.Onthe other hand our mps are to blame for their lack of vision. These people are rubbing shoulders dairy with cabinet ministers bt they cant even convince them @all. This could hv been one of the conditions for the alliance with the rulling party. Unfortunately, no one cares. Bravo my homies for starting the ball rolling…. we need people of ur calible to be mps here not what we hv in stock, they are bizy clapping hands even to amare smile… 100%in support!….

  9. Thus great.. unfortunately as one of the citizen from thr area I asked mps for the area thru Machinga facebook Forum about the issue. One mp confirmed the construction of the District Secondary school. However am concerned with the location… Liwonde…Idont know if the structures are not meant to expand Liwonde CDSS… To me it does not make sense to have aTeachers Training college standing there at mpirisi when those students could be sent to other existing colleges and use the structure to. accomodate the Boarding sec. school.Onthe other hand our mps are to blame for their lack of vision. These people are rubbing shoulders dairy with cabinet ministers bt they cant even convince them @all. This could hv been one of the conditions for the alliance with the rulling party. Unfortunately, no one cares. Bravo my homies for starting the ball rolling…. we need people of ur calible to be mps here not what we hv in stock, they are bizy clapping hands even to amare smile… 100%in support!….

    • Bwana, have you ever been inside Machinga TTC? Can it be feasible to turn it into a Secondary School? If we are in a hurry to have it, why can’t we upgrade 1 of those 2 @ Liwonde? Mbenjele yanyanya kukhala kutali ndi nseu & other important facilities. District prison ndiye ilipo ngati? Mwanyanya nkhanza kwa ma Albino kumeneku!

  10. the problem is that even the mps and councillors of the district do not put educatuon at their heart because its doesn’t make any sense that in our 50yrs of independent the whole district is still surviving without aboarding secondary school and yet the district is having almost 14 mps if am not wrong and Machinga is one of the districts that has high population with high illiteracy,if the whole move is done by university students then what is the duty of MPs? Shame!! How i wish these student must contest come 2019

  11. the problem is that even the mps and councillors of the district do not put educatuon at their heart because its doesn’t make any sense that in our 50yrs of independent the whole district is still surviving without aboarding secondary school and yet the district is having almost 14 mps if am not wrong and Machinga is one of the districts that has high population with high illiteracy,if the whole move is done by university students then what is the duty of MPs? Shame!! How i wish these student must contest come 2019

  12. But we(chanco 2014 graduates) were included in this year’s budget. We wonder wher our money has gone. The govt has only recruited primary school teachers. This will not be effected by idleness but action. We are petitioning the ministry this friday at 8 am.

  13. But we(chanco 2014 graduates) were included in this year’s budget. We wonder wher our money has gone. The govt has only recruited primary school teachers. This will not be effected by idleness but action. We are petitioning the ministry this friday at 8 am.

    • II was at Balaka Secondary School from 1983-1987 and I know the importance of having a district secondary school for Machinga though I come from Balaka.Once again I support the motion Mr Speaker Sir

    • II was at Balaka Secondary School from 1983-1987 and I know the importance of having a district secondary school for Machinga though I come from Balaka.Once again I support the motion Mr Speaker Sir

  14. The demands presented by University Student are valid. The govenment is not really serious. How can the whole district remain without a boarding secondary school.

    With no boarding secondary school, the people of Machinga are denied the right to quality eduaction.
    Clasing Machinga TTC is the right solution to the problem until such a time the govt will contruct one.

  15. Dont put the former president in shit, just request the ruling government to construct the secondary schoold u need 4. If u will be rebuking Bakili u won’t benefit anything coz his time elapsed. Amalawi umbuli bwanji?

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