Secondary school in Chitipa operates for 17 years without desks: PIL donates

Kaphirinkhonde Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Chitipa has been operating for 17 years without learner’s desk, Nyasa Times has learnt.

Kadango of PIL has been making the donation of desks to schools
Kadango of PIL has been making the donation of desks to schools

Headmaster for the school Oliver Mkonda disclosed this Tuesday when Petroleum Importers Limited (PIL) donated 50 desks worthy K1.5 million to the school located in Nthalire, 112 kilometres from Chitipa District.

Mkonda said lack of desks was forcing some students selected to the school to repeat Standard 8 as they were not willing to sit on the floor.

“The students felt that it was like a demotion to start sitting on the floor in secondary school when in primary school the learners were sitting on desks,” he said.

Mkonda then thanked PIL for the 50 desks saying the learning challenges students were facing.

General Manager Enwell Kadango said his company is partnering with government in raising educational standards in the country.

“PIL understands that education is a key to national development hence it is imperative that the private sector partner with government for the country to develop,” he said.

He bemoaned that Kaphirinkhonde was among the neediest schools in the country as evidenced by the learners sitting on the floor and dropping out for lack of desks.

“I hope and believe that this donation will encourage learners to remain in school,” Mkonda.

The school, currently with 147 students, has forms 1 to 4.

Petroleum Importers Limited is a private company mandated to import fuel into the country. It is owned by three oil companies namely Puma Malawi Limited, Petroda Malawi Ltd and Engen Malawi.

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