First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has urged girls to work hard in school to achieve their goals and contribute to national development.
She made the remarks yesterday at St. Marys Girls Secondary School in Zomba during a Top Girl Child Award presentation that Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) organised for girls who scored six points in the 2017 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations.
Said Mutharika: “I urge girls to work hard in school. The sky is no longer the limit. Try as much as you want.”
In his remarks, Ministry of Education Principal Secretary Justin Saidi commended ZBS for the initiative.
“It motivates girls to improve performance. It also complements government’s efforts to educate girls,” he said.
On his part, ZBS managing director Gospel Kazako urged authorities to be transparent in administering scholarships.
“We want to see equal opportunities whereby a daughter of someone womweta udzu, wosema mipini, mzimayi wogulitsa thobwa, [poor people] should get a scholarship and go to university,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of head teachers of represented schools, St. Mary’s head teacher Sister Annie Kapenda said the initiative has bridged the education gap between girls and boys.
This year, 10 girls scored six points at MSCE–six from St. Mary’s and the rest are from Ludzi, St. Michaels and Nkhamenya girls secondary schools. Mutharika gave each girl a laptop.