The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is set to construct school blocks worth K163 million at Mbwetu Primary School in Traditional Authority Chitukula in Lilongwe.
The church’s humanitarian missionary, Elder Clyde Pease said this on Saturday during the laying of a foundation stone at the site.
He said the church has raised $200 000 from its members across the world for the project.
Said Pease: “We will provide 430 desks and construct a teachers’ staffroom.
“We will also renovate the old classroom blocks.”
He said the church settled for Mbwetu out of the three primary schools the district’s education authorities had listed because it needed support the most.
Deputy Minister of Education Madalitso Kambauwa Wirima, who laid the foundation stone, hailed the church for the project.
“Government shall always remain grateful for the help it gets from various players, including the church in supporting the education sector,” she said.
According to the school’s head teacher Happy Kalanda, the school has 1 877 learners against eight classrooms.
He said more classrooms will reduce the classroom to pupils ratio from the present 200 pupils to 1 classroom to 92 pupils to one classroom.