Teachers call for more educative competitions as 34 qualify for Central Region finals: Spelling Bee Competition.

Malawi teachers have called for more educative competitions as one way of enhancing and encouraging Primary and Secondary School going students to focus and work hard in their education.

Nyasa Times Journalist Elijah Phimbiwith the outstanding student

Nyasa Times Journalist Elijah Phimbiwith the outstanding student

The appeal was made at the end of the Preliminary Round of the Spell Master National Spelling Bee Competition Contest for Central Region students hosted at Bwaila Secondary School over the weekend.

A teacher at Explorers of Tomorrow Secondary School Christopher Msasa, hailed the organizers of the Malawi Spelling Bee Competition for the initiative and pleaded with other companies and organizations with
assistance from Malawi government to introduce similar edutainment programmes.

He said such competitions are a good platform to expose some of the brilliant students in various schools.

“This is a wonderful competition, well organized and a good platform for students to showcase their brilliance. It was the first time for students from my school to take part but out of nine who registered,
three have made it into the regional finals which is not so bad and next time, we will make sure we have more students progressing,” said Msasa.

Taking his turn, Henry Yalani a teacher at Dalo Girls Foundation was over the moon considering the fact that his student Sphiwe Chadza emerged as the most outstanding student in the Senior Category having
spelt all her words correctlly in all the three rounds.

“I and all students and teachers from Dalo we are very happy to have Sphiwe as the only outstanding students during the preliminary round contest. This is encouraging and we will make sure that we continue
flourishing” said Yalani.

Fifteen out of thirty students have qualified into the Regional Finals from the Centre while Nineteen out of fourty also made it in Junior category.

Speaking in an interview with Nyasa Times after the Competition, the outstanding student Chadza said the secret behind her success is hard work and self confidence.

“I am so happy that I have emerged as the best student. The secret is self confidence and hard working,” said Chadza who is aged 16 and in form 4.

She also tipped her fellow students that the best and secretive way to spell the words correctly is “to know the meaning of the word”.

National Coordinator for Spelling Bee who is also Co-Founder of Continental African Bee Competition Lewis Mbaula encouraged all those who participated but flopped to try their luck next time.

“Let me thank you all who have failed to make it to the next phase for your participation and please do come back next year. Let me also thank you all the parents for taking a step in registering your
children,” said Mbaula.

He said the competition is not all about having the students spelling the words but also part of grooming the students to be excellent public speakers in the future.

“As we are cultivating the culture of reading to our children, we are again cultivating them a culture of public speaking,” he said.

However, he kept a tight rid on the prizes to be given to national champions.

“We are not gonna disclose how much the champion will get and allow me to keep that to be a surprose but be assured that the champions gonna go home with good cash,” Mbaula said.

Last year at national level, the champions went away with K1 Million prize each Courtesy of Sunbird Hotels and A1 Biscuits.

The preliminary round of this year’s competition commenced with the Southern and Eastern Region Schools where for the first time in history eight visually impaired students took part.

Last year, two champions in senior category Vanessa Sherry and Jaqueline Malombe and junior champion Pasha Kamenya represented Malawi at the inaugural Continental African Spelling Bee Contest in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Students from the host country won the championship.

The second edition of the African Spelling Bee Competition will be hosted in Kenya in July 2017.

The Bee Competition is organised by Spell Master Education Communications (SMECO) in partnership with the Department of Inspectorate and Advisory Services under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

In Malawi, Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) are the exclusive broadcasting partners.

The grand prize for the overall winners is a fully paid under-graduate tuition scholarship at Monash in South Africa.

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