Karonga Diocese Bishop Right Reverend Martin Mtumbuka, handed over to government a magnificent national secondary school-St Mary Girls’ Boarding Secondary School, which will accommodate 600 girls from across the country.
The school, located in the area of Traditional Authority Kyungu, has been constructed to the tune of $ 2.9 million (over K2 billion) from partners in the United States of America (USA).
It has three streams under each of the four classes, 4 laboratories and a library.
Speaking during the hand-over ceremony Wednesday, Bishop Mtumbuka said it is the dream of his diocese to assist government in promoting access to quality education in the country.
”It is worrisome to note that 52 years after independence, girls in the country continue to travel long distances to school, most of our schools are substandard and that the schools are still suffering the problem of teacher to pupil ratio, a development which is affecting the standard of education in the country.
”As a diocese, we will therefore continue assisting government to ensure that we have schools that are producing disciplined and productive students,” he said.
Bishop Mtumbuka, who is also the patron for education at the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), thanked donor partners for their continued assistance rendered to the diocese.
Education Division Manager for the North, Temwa Msiska, said apart from deploying more teachers at the school, government has allocated K1 million to assist in some of its operations at the school.
She asked the first enrolled students at the institution (selected in the 2016/17 school year) to work hard in order to fulfill the vision of the diocesan leader as well as government.
Saint Mary Girls’ Secondary School is the second national secondary school in Karonga District after Chaminade which is dubbed ‘The School of Champions’ for its outstanding academic performance at Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) level almost yearly.