Catholic Church open boarding secondary school in Chitipa

Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese on Tuesday opened St Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School at Nthalire in Chitipa.

The new school has 140 boys and girls in Form One

The boarding school is situated almost 115 kilometres east of Chitipa Boma where students endure long walks to school.

During the opening ceremony, the bishop said Umutaluwabo and Johanesbee foundations from Germany funded construction of the school to the tune of 265 000 euros (about K225 million) to reduce poverty and illiteracy in rural areas.

“Children in Nthalire come from some of the poorest families in the country. They strive to access quality education but cannot get it because schools are far apart. As such, we need your assistance to bail them out of this situation,” Mtumbuka told Umutaluwabo board chairperson Markus Schawabe.

He urged parents to take full responsibility for the education of their children.

“Unlike in the past, when our parents were doing all they could to raise school fees for their children, it is very surprising and worrisome that some wait until their children have been selected to secondary school to start looking for fees,” he said.

Northern division education manager Temwa Msiska commended the Catholic Church for working with government to improve access to quality education.

St Ignatius Loyola is the second Catholic secondary school in Chitipa after Kaseghe Girls in Mwabulambya.

Currently, St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School, which has both Biology and Physical Science laboratories has enrolled 140 boys and girls in Form One this year.

Dignitaries at the function included Germany’s Umutaluwabo Foundation Board chairperson Markus Schawabe and Caritas Commission in Malawi chairperson Reverend Father Mark Mkandawire.


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Nganiza Muthulika
4 years ago

Its good schools Catholic schools but very expensive for ordinary Malawians. During Kamuzu Banda we went to good government schools with good stardand. Most Malawians who high education got their education during that time from 1964. Its Muluzi who spoiled Bandas education. Teachers are trained by tax payers Money but Teachers go to teach in private schools leaving government with un qualified teachers. Why should tax payers pay training private schools teachers? Why their children go into schools which dont take them to secondary schools and universities. Government has not thought about it. Because their children dont go in Malawi… Read more »

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