Nsanje secondary school in dire straits: Mcheka-Chilenje says ‘its horrible’

Nsanje Secondary School students are being subjected to pathetic learning environment despite the institution existing for  50 years.

Sleeping rough: Students make a laboratory their hotel at Nsanje Secondary School

Sleeping rough: Students make a laboratory their hotel at Nsanje Secondary School

Resident female students sleep rough ina dilapidated hostel which used to be a biology laborotary.

The classrooms are crumbling, nearly 320 students  have to relieve themselves in the open because the toilets are not functioning.

The library has inssuifficient books while the laborotary does not have recommended equipement as well as specimen.

According to the Nsanje Secondary School head teacher,Overtone Chikuni, the situation at the institution is “horrible”.

“As you have seen it for  yourself the situation here  is very pathetic,” Chikuni said.

Chikuni said they explained everything to First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje when she presided over the 50th anniversary celebrations of the school  last month.

Mcheka-Chilenje who is also Nsanje North member of parliament also said the situation at the school is horrible.

“You can’t even explain whether this is a secondary school or not,” she said.

Teachers at the school who spoke to Nyasa Times expressed concern with the situation

“The morale among staff is very low but the only thing that drives them is their passion for teaching and their quest to develop these young pupils,” said a teacher.

One student described the situation as “pathetic, painful and demoralising”.

“All we want is a proper school so that we can also realise our dreams like other young people out there,” said a student in Form Three.

A former student from Nsanje blamed of Education for what he termed a “violation of children’s rights to quality education”.—Additional reporting by Zawadi Chilunga – Nyasa Times

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Gogodasi
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Gogodasi
2 months 30 days ago
People like “chimwene” are the ones that are encouraging cashgate in Malawi. If Malawians pay tax, how is their money used? is it wrong to ask Government to fund the renovation of the school when we pay tax?. Why should the alumni be involved in something that they are already funding through taxation? You are not being pragmatic in your thinking. You still believe in the old school of thought that “ask not what Government can do for you, but rather what you can do for the Government”. This is what Americans used to be told many many decades ago,… Read more »
chief activist
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2 months 30 days ago

woes after woes,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,at 52yrs…………………………shame

chimwene
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chimwene
2 months 30 days ago
This idea of government this government that is retrogressive, where are the former students of this school? How could they feel if to day they were asked to go back there and spend a mare week in that condition? what contributions have they made on their former school?” ASK NOT WHAT GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR YOU, BUT RATHER WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE GOVERNMENT” Please A Malawi tiyambepo kutenga umwinin pa zinthu zathu. (Please Malawians let us take ownership of our infrastructure in our areas. Former students kick start the renovations of that school for the good of your… Read more »
Gogodasi
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Gogodasi
2 months 30 days ago

The school lacks leadership. Why complain to the politician, Mcheka Chilenje instead of writing the Ministry of Education and explain the state of the school? Is there no District Education office in Nsanje? The problem in Malawi is that we believe MPs are for development, NO, they are law makers while development is for councilors. MPs must stop telling voters that when they are elected they will bring development (akunama) because this is not an area of their jurisdiction.They should be telling us that they will persuade other MPs in Parliament to make good laws for the country.

The Analyst
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The Analyst
2 months 30 days ago
O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O PRIORITIES BY THE TAIL The first time Chilenje blew the trumpet on the pathetic state of Nsanje secondary school (hence the need for something to be done, and urgently), the second news to greet our ears, would be how govt had responded to the call. Alas! . . . the news is as bad as before, and perhaps even worse now. …………………………………………………………………….. Whats more painful is that meanwhile . . . . . . The govt is to buy 8 new vehicles for the Head of State’s convoy to replace the current one, not because it is in bad… Read more »
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