Salima, September 21: The Japanese Government has handed over to Malawi Government six Community Day Secondary Schools (CDSS) which it re-constructed and expanded at a cost of K 4.3 billion.
The six schools namely Matenje CDSS in Salima, Mkwichi CDSS in Lilongwe,Liwalazi CDSS in Nkhotakota, Zolozo CDSS in Mzuzu, Mpamba CDSS in Nkhata-bay and Izondweni CDSS in Mzimba were reconstructed and expanded in the phase two of the Re-construction and Expansion of selected Community Day Secondary Schools project.
Speaking when he received the facilities on behalf of Malawi Government at a function which took place at the new look Matenje Community Day Secondary School on Thursday, Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Vincent Ghambi said the infrastructure will go a long way in complementing government’s effort to provide quality and accessible education.
“On behalf of the Malawi government I appreciate the good work which the Japanese are doing in assisting us in our efforts to provide quality accessible education,” said Ghambi.
Ghambi said that he was happy that the Japanese Government project for Re-construction and Expansion of Selected Community Day Secondary Schools will enter phase three soon.
“It is pleasing to note that the project is entering a new phase where 11 schools across the country have been earmarked for expansion and re-construction,” said the Deputy Minister.
The Ghambi also appealed to students at new look Matenje CDSS and the other schools to take care of the facilities.
“As government we are worried at the rate at which infrastructure especially schools are being damaged by unnecessary vandalism. As a measure to stop this unbecoming behavior, the ministry has put tough measures which include dismissal for those found deliberately vandalizing school property,” he said.
In his speech the Japanese Ambasador to Malawi Shuichiro Nishioka said that good education is a foundation of national building and an investment for better future.
He commended the Malawi Government for priotizing the education sector and implementing various measure and policies to promote education for all, such as the introduction of free primary education in 1994.
“The government of Japan has continuously provided support in the education sector in Malawi through Various projects like, the project for strengthening of Mathematics and Science in Secondary Education (SMASSE), offering of grants for the rehabilitation and expansion of secondary school facilities through the CDSS projects,” said the Ambassador.
Speaking on behalf of the local communities Traditional Authority Khombedza promised that the community will safe guards the infrastructure and continue to participate in development works.
Khombedza said that the people in the area are shining because of the new look school and advised parents to encourage their children especially girls to seize the opportunity and complete their secondary education.
The new look schools all have new administration block, new assembly/dining hall and kitchen, new classroom blocks, two new girls hostels and new teachers houses.