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Plan Malawi Girls Education Project in Mzimba North Excites Government

Ministry of Education says the girls support project being implemented by Plan Malawi International in 10 community day secondary schools in Mzimba north has the potential to reduce the school drop rate amongst learners in the area.

Principal Quality Assurance Officer in the Northern Region Education Division, Sam - Hobbie Tembo says statistics show that even the pass rate of the learners has improved in most schools.

``I have been informed that before this project started, the pass rate at one school was 10 percent. But in the just recent Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) results, they have managed to register more than 30 percent pass rate which is encouraging,” explained Tembo.

In 2021, Plan Malawi International launched a 5-year project dubbed, Support to Girls Schooling in Community Day Secondary School which is being implemented in 10 community day secondary schools in Mzimba north.

The construction of boarding facilities, and the distribution of bicycles are some of the components of the project.

Said Tembo: ``So, this project will phase out in 2024, but what we have done as a government is, for example, those learners who are under the bursary scheme by Plan Malawi International will continue to be supported by us.”      

Plan Malawi International program officer, Sarah Chipeta said it is pleasing to note that the project is moving in the right direction. Most of the learners especially girls have gone back to school.”

Chipeta cited long distances to school, accommodation problems are just some of the challenges girls in some 10 Community Day Secondary Schools were facing in Mzimba north.

``So what this project wants to do, is to address the challenges these learners are facing in this implantation area,” said Chipeta.

The project is expected to end in 2024.

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