Nine girls from Providence Girls Catholic Secondary School in Mulanje have been awarded for their outstanding performance in the 2015 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE).
The girls, who scored between eight and 12 points, were given a hamper and money, ranging from K15 000 (about $24) to K25 000 (about $39).
Speaking during the awarding ceremony over the weekend, the school’s headteacher, Cecilia Musaiwa, said the initiative was aimed at encouraging students still at the school to embrace the hardworking spirit.
She said apart from awarding the students, the school has also introduced awards for teachers whose subjects get highest scores so that they improve on their performance and raise the profile of the institution.
“In the past, the highest student used to score 12 or 15 points. We are happy that things are improving and hopefully this year we will have the highest scoring six points,” she hoped.
Chairperson for Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) Lewis Monosile disclosed that from 2015/16 Academic year, the association will offer scholarships amounting to K500 000 (about $786) to each student who would score an aggregate of 6 points as a way of appreciating their efforts.
Monosile urged the awardees to maintain good behaviour wherever they go for tertiary education so that they achieve their goals.
One of the awardees, Patricia Chuka thanked God, management of the school and her parents for being supportive in her education.
Out of 141 students who sat for MSCE at the school in the 2014/15 academic year, 139 students passed representing a 98.6 percent.