MZIMBA-(MaraviPost)-Member of Parliament for Mzimba North East Constituency, who is also speaker of the national assembly, Catherine Gotani Hara, on Monday, December 14, 2020 awarded hardworking students in her constituency through quiz competition.
The competition which was worth over MK1.5 million was launched on January 28 this year with an aim of encouraging students from both primary and secondary schools to work extra hard and excel in their academic endeavours.
Speaking when she presided over the finale of the competition, Gotani Hara said she decided to come up with the initiative from her own resources as one way of upholding quality of education in the constituency.
“I came up with this quiz competition for schools in my constituency because I want the quality of education in my constituency to improve. All along, we have been supporting sports; all the time we come up with sports during campaign and after we win. But I thought there was one area which is also very important and very critical which is education sector.
“So, whilst I’m supporting the football trophies in the constituency, I felt that I can also do my small contribution in the education sector by making sure that I introduce the quiz because it brings competition amongst the schools and amongst the students themselves. And as you can see a lot of teachers now are putting in more efforts to ensure that schools do well and the students themselves are doing extra work to do well,” said Gotani Hara.
While expressing his gratitude for the gesture, Coordinating Primary Education Advisor (CPEA) for Mzimba North District Education Manager, John Ndhlovu, said the quiz competition will bring about best results among schools in the constituency as there will be stiff competition amongst themselves.
Ndhlovu said: “This quiz is very important in our field of education because it will make teachers and learners to work extra hard because of the competition. By the end of the day, we are going to have best results. Not only that, across the country, there is very high competition amongst schools: we have competitions among divisions, competitions among districts and competitions among schools in their clusters. So, through this quiz competition, teachers will pump in much effort and are going to crack heads so that next time each school is going get a better position hence we are going to achieve quality education in Malawi.”
Head teacher for Ekwendeni Community Day Secondary School, which emerged as an overall winner of the competition, Lawrence Longwe, was on cloud nine saying the secret behind their victory was in encouraging the students to work extra hard and get prepared.
“Yes, it’s true that Ekwendeni CDSS are the winners of this years trophy as the first one and we are the first winners. I’m delighted. I’m so happy that as the organisers and the central school, we are the first to scoop the competition. Our secret was simple: hard work. I had to put teachers responsible for these students couching them here and there so that they get prepared. And then we had to caution the students at least to be patient and calm when answering the questions; they should not be afraid of the crowd but think hard and then answer the questions,” said he.
Among other schools which tussled in the competition were Baula Community Day Secondary School, Chimbongondo Community Day Secondary School, Enyezini Community Day Secondary School, Ekwendeni Community Day Secondary School and Njuyu Community Day Secondary School. In the finals, Ekwendeni Community Day Secondary School emerged the overall winner after defeating Enyezini Community Day Secondary School by 54 to 20 points.
The winning school cut home MK200, 000 richer while the runner up got MK150, 000. Each participating student from the favourite institution received MK15, 000 whereas the runners up pocketed MK10, 000 each.