Students, mostly girls, at Khongoloni Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Phalombe can now afford a smile after Beautify Malawi (Beam) Trust presented 223 mattresses to the school.
The school’s head teacher Facktion Tambala said the school’s boarding facility is not yet open as the newly constructed hostels do not have electricity and running water despite female students who come from distant areas residing there.
“The hostels have been operational since last year and the female students were literally sleeping on beds without mattresses. These mattresses will help the girls perform better in their studies as they will be sleeping on comfortable beds,” said Tambala in an interview.
Speaking during the symbolic donation of the mattresses, which also coincided with the graduation ceremony of Form Four students, the area’s member of Parliament (MP) Anna Kachikho (Democratic Progressive Party-DPP) commended Beam, founded by First Lady Gertrude Mutharika, for advancing girls’ education at the school.
“Among others, Beam is helping a lot of girls with school fees. At first, eight girls were benefiting from this school and this year, the figure has risen to 13. This is commendable,” said Kachikho.
She urged the graduating students, who are expected to sit their Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations on June 22, to desist from examination cheating as it tarnishes the image of a school as well as learners.
Khongoloni CDSS was established in 2003. Currently, Beam is constructing a dining hall at the school for self-boarding students to have somewhere to take their meals. n