By Synd Kalimbuka
Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. William Susuwele Banda has challenged hard working teachers and students that his Ministry would keep on recognizing them through various ways.
The Minister said this after presiding over Zomba’s 2019 best students’ award ceremony on Friday by Zomba District Education office at Zomba CCAP church hall in Zomba.
Banda said despite the many challenges schools are facing such as shortage of resources, teachers in the district are working hard resulting in good performance by learners in Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination (PSLCE).
This year, Zomba rural has produced 56 best students from 45 last year, who have been selected to various National Secondary Schools.
According to the Minister, this has moved Zomba district from position 20 last year to position 10 this year at national level.
In view of this, the Minister urged parents to start recognizing the good job teachers play to ensure their children succeed at school
“Most parents do not recognize the work primary school teachers play to shape their children,” Banda said.
As one way of cerebrating with the 56 best learners, the Minister awarded each student K30, 000 cash as a starter pack to their secondary school life.
He awarded Ntonda Zone for becoming the best zone to produce more students to National Secondary Schools K200, 000 as a starter to organize a party for its achievement.
Banda advised the students to maintain hard working spirit as they go to National Secondary Schools.
“Make sure you maintain the hard working spirit at schools you have been selected and avoid peer pressure. If you want to live a good life in future, work hard at school with a vision because education without a vision is nothing,” he said.
District Education Manager for Zomba Rural, Charles Sakwata said his office was not satisfied when it had sent 46 learners to national secondary schools last year.
“This year’s performance has improved after learning from Phalombe district which performed well last year where we started implementing the same way in collaboration with primary education advisors and teachers from all schools,” he said.
Sakwata then promised to perform better than this year as his office would apply an extra gear by involving Primary Education Advisors (PEAs) and Inspectors to supervise all primary schools in the district.
On top of K30, 000 each student received from the Minister, each student received K3, 000 from Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Justin Saidi and a suitcase from the DEM’s office.-MANA