World Vision Malawi yesterday conducted Southern Region National Spell Bee final round ahead of the National Spelling competition finals scheduled for September 3 2021 in Lilongwe.
Speaking at the event, World Vision Malawi Zone (South) associate director Jane Makina said the competition provided an opportunity for government and other education stakeholders to assess areas which need to improve.
She said: “We want to stimulate a reading culture among students because there is a gap between learners in public schools and private schools in terms of performance.
“So, stakeholders should review how best we can contribute towards the improvement education.”
In his remarks, Ministry of Education chief quality assurance officer Christopher Ziba said the competition will help to improve an understanding of language which is critical in education.
“Of course, there is a small gap between public and private schools in terms of performance, but as you might be aware, government introduced the National Reading Programme to close the gap,” he said.
Chibuku Products Limited business development and corporate affairs manager Gloria Zimba said they supported World Vision by providing materials such as T-shirts, notebooks and Super Maheu to the competitors.