It was a colourful ceremony at Mnjiri Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) hall on Tuesday when Mzimba South Education Division awarded best students in last year’s Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations.
The awards came against the backdrop of Mzimba District getting position 17 in last year’s PSLCE results out of 34 education districts.
The district’s director of education, youth and sports Fiddes Msowoya said previously, the district has been in the bottom three in terms of PSLCE performance.
“It is important to have the awards because our strength in terms of performance lies with the very people being honoured,” she said.
Traditional Authority Kampingo Sibande, who represented Inkosi ya Makhosi M’Mbelwa V, said the awards will motivate the awardees and those who did not do well to aim high.
Mzimba Solola legislator Jacob Hara (Malawi Congress Party-MCP) delivered a speech in which he congratulated the awardees and advanced the cause of teachers.
He said: “You are lowly paid, but you are the people that made us who we are today.
“You see beyond a mere child and see doctors, lawyers and presidents.”
The award for the best school with highest number of learners selected to boarding schools was presented to Kankholikoli. Twenty three learners made it to boarding school from the institution. Embangweni and Kaphuta came second and third with 18 and 17 pupils, respectively.
Sydney Dumakude of Kankholikoli won the best head teacher award followed by Alfred Mwanyetha of Embagweni and Charles Phiri of Kaphuta on second and third position, respectively while Chrissensia Mhlanga of Kaphuta won the best special needs teacher award.