Association of the Teaching of English in Malawi (Atem) has received a complaint challenging the results of the Central West Education Division (Cwed) contest results.
The Cwed contest was held at Likuni Boys Secondary School in Lilongwe where 10 schools participated.
Three schools made it to the regional finals namely Likuni Boys Secondary School, Chipasula and Mlodza.
According to the results sheet that The Daily Times has seen, it indicates that Likuni Boys came first with 66 points followed by Chipasula on second position with 64 points whereas Mlodza and Darlo Girls scooped positions three and four receiving 58 and 54 points respectively.
A letter dated February 2 2020 from Darlo Girls Foundation says they were challenging the results of the divisional finals saying it contained a lot of irregularities.
In the letter, Darlo Girls Foundation alleges that a number of irregularities including use of external directors, which were allowed to take an active role in directing students on stage during the event.
“One of the notable school is Mlodza Community Day Secondary School. The school employed an external director Mr Ignitious Kaphinde, who was playing the sound effects for the school play during the festival,” the letter reads in part.
The letter further says that it was agreed during Atem meetings ahead of the contest that no external directors should take an active role in directing any school considering the fact that the event was for patrons and students.
The school has also indicated in the letter that upon noticing the anomaly, they reported the issue to some of the Atem members before the results were announced but nothing came out.
In the letter, Darlo Foundation also points out that there was an irregularity in the appointment of judges, who they have alleged that were selected by the patrons of the winning schools.
Darlo Foundation in its letter written by its patron, Henry Yalani, also raises an issue of failure to adhere to the theme of the festival especially on the part of the winning schools.
The school has since asked Atem based on the issues they have raised to suspend Mlodza Secondary School for breaking the rules.
Atem interim President, Dave Mpaso, confirmed Monday of receiving the complaint.
“We are working on it. We are investigating and if it is proved that it’s true, we shall have the school in question suspended. But as I have said, we need to investigate it first,” Mpaso said.
After the divisional contests, Atem will move to the regional contests scheduled for February 15 2020.
The regional contests will be held at Likuni Boys Secondary School in Lilongwe in the Central Region whereas in the Northern Region it will be held at Chibavi Secondary School in Mzuzu and in the Southern Region it will be held at Chichiri Secondary School in Blantyre.
The national finals are expected to be held in March 2020.
Meanwhile the Central East Education Division (Ceed) contest was held on Sunday with nine schools participating.
The results saw Robert Blake come first followed by Nkhamenya Girls on second with Zipatso Academy on third. The three schools have made it to the regional finals.
In individual category Fatsani Kachere from Robert Blake was voted the Best Actor whereas the Best Actress accolade went to Upile Masanjala from Chayamba Secondary School. The Best English Speaker Award went to Chikondi Lipenga from Zipatso Academy.
In the Shire Highlands Education Division (Shed), the schools that have made it to the regional final are Pius XIII Seminary, St Patricks Boys and Luchenza Secondary School.