Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Lonely Magreta says government has a shortfall of 3 800 classrooms to enable it provide quality education.
She said this on Thursday at Chejanuary Village, Sub-Traditional Authority (ST/A) Onga in Chiradzulu where Standard Bank handed over two classroom blocks valued at K33 million to Mkuyu Junior Primary School.
“Availability of adequate infrastructure is critical to the education sector. Every year, government allocates resources in its budget for construction of classroom blocks,” said Magreta.
She said the class room blocks will shorten distance pupils travel to school.
Magreta asked other companies to emulate the gesture shown by Standard Bank Malawi saying the initiative is the modern way of doing business.
Standard Bank board chairperson Rex Harawa and Chiradzulu district commissioner Ali Phiri said the bank constructed the facilities as part of its corporate social responsibility.
Standard Bank has constructed the school blocks in honour of its former board chairperson Alex Chitsime who comes from the area. n