22 students qualify for national spelling bee finals

As the Spell Master selling bee competition continues, 22 students from the Sothern and Central regions have made it to the national finals following the regional finals which took place in Blantyre and Lilongwe on 9th March and Saturday 19th March at St Andrews International High School Lilongwe International Academy.

Spell bee contenders

Spell bee contenders

Learners taking part in spell master

Learners taking part in spell master

About 56 students from 25 different primary and secondary schools stepped participated at the national finals in Blantyre in Junior and Senior categories.

They were all given three rounds of words each to spell and only six senior spellers scored three out of three and in the Junior category five scored three out of three to  qualify for the Season 4 grand
final bee.

In Lilongwe 53 students took part where five junior spellers scored three out of three and only three senior spellers managed to score three out of three while five students hitting two out of three.

However, a maximum of five senior spellers were to progress to the grand finals and a knock out round had to be conducted to get two more students out of those who only managed to get 2 words right.

Bwaila Secondary School dominated the number of qualifying students as it sent the most number of students into the final.

According to Lewis Mbaula who is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Spell Master Media Foundation, described the Southern and Central region finals as exciting.

“It was a marvel to watch as students showed their individual brilliance to challenge the Chief Pronouncer, Mr Victor Chikoti who is a language specialist at the University of Malawi and we hope it will be the same when we conduct the regional finals in the north,” he said.

The North regional finals are scheduled to take place this coming weekend where a maximum of ten students will make it to the grand finals.

The junior students that have made it to the final spelling bee from the southern and central regions are; Praise Phiri and Joshua Kanjika from SOS primary school, Misheck Shuga and Monica Musukwa from Lilongwe Christian primary school,  Unique Mandula Mphanje from Mphanje Primary school,  Tahilla Bvalani and Christabella Butao from Young Ambassadors primary school, Maziko Phanga from Blantyre Baptist Christian primary school, Benjamini Juma and Timothy Mwalenga  from Blantyre Baptist Academy  primary school.

The collect speller

The collect speller

One of the learners in the competition

One of the learners in the competition

In the senior category those that have made it include, Harris Mwandaemenge, Benjamin Shaba and Nizia Ndhlovu from Bwaila secondary School, Rachaby Phaka from Darlo Girls secondary school, Corine Chiyembekeza from Atsikana Pa Ulendo Girls Secondary School, Jacquiline Malombe from St Patricks International Academy, David Chinkhwaza, Atikonda Kamowa and Vanessa Sherry from Blantyre Baptist Academy, Esther Khomba from Maranatha International School and Kutemwa Nyasulu from Bedir Girls Secondary School.

National Spell Master Spelling Bee is an affiliate of the African International Spelling Bee and the top three spellers this Season will represent Malawi at the first ever Annual African Spelling Bee in
Johannesburg,  South Africa in July.

The major objective of the spelling bee is the desire to enhance the reading culture, build vocabulary, build confidence, encourage public speaking and give educational exposure to children aged between 6 and 17, this is according to Mbaula.

The spelling bee is organized by Spell Master Educational Communications (SMECO), with technical support from the Department of Inspectorate and Advisory Services under Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) and produced by First Dawn Arts with broadcasting partnership with Zodiak TV and radio.

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I agree with you Howard am also disappointed with this programme,my child is at Wisdom Centre also paid and prepared for this competition but a complete blackout.Don’t bring those forms again to our beloved children when you know you can’t interview all of them.

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Atikonda Kamowa keep it up you are the pride of the family from Dad


Zomwe mwapanga inuyo a spell master ndakhumudwa nanu kwambiri. Mwana wanga amaphunzira pa wisdom centre pvt school ndipo omwe tidalipira ndalama imene ija ndife ambiri koma mwana wanga wandiuza kuti simudawayitane for interviews the whole school ndiye lero mwatulutsa the names of those selected, ndiye ndalama yomwe tidalipira ifeyo mutibwezera??

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