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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5 thoughts on “Nsanje secondary school in dire straits: Mcheka-Chilenje says ‘its horrible’”

  1. Gogodasi says:

    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, but no one in the US can say this anymore because doing do is a way of encouraging the Government to be extravagant and stop being accountable to its citizens.If you say this in the presence of any American now, they will think you are daft and crooked. You must begin to look at issues in a wider perspective to match the current trends and stop believing in philosophies and theories that are outdated. What is important is to realize that it is the duty of every citizen to pay tax and Government’s duty is to transform your tax money to fund projects like the dilapidated Nsanje Secondary School. If alumni are doing it elsewhere, let me tell the truth, they are doing it to show-off -, it is not their responsibility to do so whatsover. If Nsanje Secondary School was a private school, I would have no problem for the alumni to offer the sort of assistance you are suggesting, not a government institution.MPs must press on the Finance Minister to set aside funds for the renovation of government schools like Nsanje Secondary School.This is why Mcheka Chilenje only lamented over the poor condition of the school, but never made any commitment to help because she knows government (your tax money) can bring back its shape.

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

  3. chimwene says:

    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 future generation.

  4. Gogodasi says:

    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.

  5. The Analyst says:

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    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 shape; but merely because it is “too old” for the president, not in performance but according to some guidelines.
    . . . Also, the Veep and his office will at once add an 18 new-vehicle fleet (a new new);
    . . . Furthermore, a 2bn allocation for unforeseen expenditures is made to the office of the Veep. Anybody who’s ever studied even the most basic English knows, “unforeseen” in this case, means expenditures which do not exist but only in our wild and weird imagination.
    . . . In addition, the govt intends to build a multi-million-multi-purpose/banquet hall at the State House.
    . . . As if this is not enough, the parliament of monkeys also has been given oky to collect loans.
    . . . Elsewhere in town, a multi-million football stadium is under construction in Karonga.
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    Anybody, with a brain with cells that vibrate; cant be any surprised why Malawi is stuck;
    . . . Our leaders have our/their priorities by the tail.
    And yet, “Good things happen when you get your priorities straight.” – Scott Caan
    As such, “Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” – Goethe
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