Karonga District director of education, youth and sports Sara Khozi Jere has commended True Gospel Christian Church for constructing a modern secondary school in the district.
In an interview, the official said the Ministry of Education fails to absorb all learners who pass Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations into its 18 secondary schools in the district.
Said Jere: “The role that private and church-owned secondary schools play in complementing government’s efforts to provide education cannot be overemphasised.
“This secondary school will bridge the gap of shortage of secondary school spaces in the district which is at 63 percent.”
In a separate interview, the church’s resident pastor Chibuwu Kumwenda said the church wants to contribute towards educating the future generation of the district and country at large.
“It is only through education that we can produce good leaders who will develop the district and the country,” he said.
The school, which has a modern library, computer and science laboratories, has an annual intake of about 200 students.
However, negotiations are still underway between the church and Karonga District Council on the fees arrangement for needy learners.
Kumwenda said they are waiting for their donors to direct them on the amount of subsidy that will go towards needy learners who will enroll at the school.
A resident of Karonga Town, Samuel Gondwe, said the school will help absorb learners who fail to make it to conventional secondary schools