MZIMBA (Malawi News Agency) – Mzimba Secondary School Alumni Association (MSAA) has donated 50 single- seater desks to the school worth K1.5 million, to replace the broken furniture as well as allow the learners to observe social distance in the advent of COVID-19.
MSAA president Mr Barnett Phiri, said on Saturday during the handover of the desks at the school in the district they decided to donate the desks after the committee consulted the school management.
“We consulted the school management on how we can assist in responding to COVID-19.
“The issue of desks came in as one of the responses because they will help learners to adhere to COVID-19 regulation of observing social distance,” Phiri said.
He further said donation of desks is one way of making sure that each learner seats on his/her own desk.
The MSAA President then disclosed the association’s plans to introduce ‘Buy a distinction Project’ targeting form four learners who get distinctions during Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) results and also teachers who produce distinctions in their subjects.
“We are going to work with school management on how best we can go about it. But we will make sure that the project doesn’t compromise the quality of education in other classes,” he said.
Mzimba Secondary School Head boy, Netanya Kapunda, applauded Mzimba MSAA for the donation which he said would go a long way in enhancing learning comfort at the school.
“We have been seating three learners on one desk. The donation of the 50 desks will really improve the learning environment,” he said.
Netanya then assured school management and the school’s alumni that the learners would take good care of the school property.
“But we have [more] challenges at this school. We don’t have learning equipment in our laboratories.
“TNM connected WiFi at our school but the problem is that we don’t have computers, and some of the buildings at this school are in dilapidated state, which requires major maintenance,” he appealed.
Guest of honour at the desks handover function, M’mbelwa District Council Acting District Commissioner who is also Director of Administration, Mr Steve Chima, asked the learners to work hard in class so that the school produces students with six points.
“I am pledging K100, 000 to form four students who will get [an aggregate of] six points during 2021 MSCE results,” Chima said.
Apart from donating desks to Mzimba Secondary School which opened its doors in 1965, MSAA in the past donated various school materials such as mattresses, text books and chairs among other materials.