Nsanje Secondary School students are being subjected to a poor learning environment 50 years after the institution was opened.
A visit by Malawi News Agency to the institution found female learners who are boarders living in a dilapidated hostel which previously used to be a biology laboratory.
It was also discovered that the library has insufficient recommended books and that the current laboratory has no apparatus.
The school head teacher Overton Chikuni described the situation as horrible.
“As you have seen for yourselves, the condition here is bad. We briefed the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Esther Mcheka-Chilenje when she presided over the 50th anniversary of the institution last month. We are expecting to see a change as well-wishers and other stakeholders come in to help us,” said Chikuni.
Mcheka-Chilenje, who is also member of Parliament for Nsanje North, called for concerted efforts in addressing the challenges facing the school, saying learners are being exposed to unbearable learning conditions.
She said she noted with concern that the school’s structures are in dilapidated state a development that is compromising their learning process.
“The environment at the school is not conducive for learning for both girls and boys. You talk of classrooms; they do not even have chairs or desks. How can the learners perform well in sciences when they have no access to physical science and biology laboratories?” asked Mcheka-Chilenje.
She expressed worry that since the institution’s inception in 1964, the school has no proper structures that can be used as hostels for boys and girls. n