Two Ntcheu based organisations have expressed dissatisfaction with school performance among girls in the district despite various interventions aimed at promoting girls education.
Be a Girl for a Purpose (BGP) and Stoical Firm (SF) organisations said they noted with concern that girls were underperforming at both primary and secondary school levels.
Programmes Coordinator for BGP, Beatrice Kwatiwani said there was need to ensure girls were excelling in education to grow up into women who would effectively contribute to national development.
“We have introduced an initiative that will be supporting girls from less privileged families by providing them with school materials upon noting that poverty was one of the factors forcing girls out of school,” said Kwatiwani.
Director for Stoical Firm organization, Scolliat Chithokonya said lack of exposure to role models among girls was one of the contributing factors to their underperformance and school dropout.
Chithokonya said his organisation was making sure that girls and boys at local community secondary schools were exposed by conducting education tours to public universities in the country as well as conducting career guidance talks.
So far both BGP and SF organisation are working in four Traditional Authorities (T/As) of Ganya, Kwataine, Njolomole and Makwangwala.- By Collings Kalivute