South East Education Division (Seed) manager McGregory Alufandika has said making science subjects compulsory in schools will help Malawi to be one of the technologically advanced countries in the world.
Alufandika said this at Likangala Secondary School in Zomba on Saturday when he presided over the first secondary schools science fair.
Said Alufandika: â€œScience enhances technological development of a country and if we make the subjects compulsory in our schools, it will make us one of the technologically advanced nations in the world.â€
The competitionâ€™s organising chairperson, Maluwa Makuru, said the fair was aimed at encouraging students to apply basic concepts from science subjects to everyday life.
â€œWe have witnessed various exhibitions by the students using the knowledge gained from science subjects. This shows that science plays a greater role in the development of a country,â€ he said.
Nine secondary schools participated in the fair and Malindi emerged overall winner through their ideas on preserving food using locally available resources. They received science books and a floating trophy. Other secondary schools were Zomba Catholic, St Maryâ€™s, Sadzi, Cobbe, Zomba Urban, Masongola, ChilungaÂ Â and Likangala.