Association of Teaching of English in Malawi (Atem) on Saturday sounded an SOS that they were looking for support from well-wishers to successfully hold the national final slated for March 7 2020 in Lilongwe.
Interim President, Dave Mpaso, said despite managing to hold divisional and regional finals with their own resources, they were still in need of support ahead of the national final.
“We have written proposals asking for support but we are yet to get support. There are prizes we need to gather to be given to schools and individuals. There are people out there, who can help,” Mpaso, said soon after the regional finals for the Southern Region held at Chichiri Secondary School in Blantyre.
He said their taking a step this year was a clear testimony of their seriousness to raise the bar for Atem and that they were looking to do more.
Nine schools were supposed to battle it out in the regional finals for the South but Luchenza did not make it due to transport problem.
“We are sad that one school did not make it but we had no choice but to go with the eight. We watched beautiful performances and the national final in Lilongwe at a venue to be announced later promises fireworks,” the interim president said.
The performances during the regional final delayed to start which also led to the results to be announced late on Saturday.
Unlike during the divisional finals when some school’s plays were shallow and lacked depth, there was an improvement during the regional final.
At the end of it all, the judges which included renowned writer and journalism lecturer,Temwani Mgunda, settled for St Patricks from Chiradzulu as number one with their play Monday 4PM whereas St Paul’s the Apostle Minor Seminary and St Monica Girls Secondary School were second and third with their plays Fight of My Life and Kaunda Dynasty.
The three schools made it to the national final.
St Patricks showed their seriousness in the contest when they also produced best actor in Osborne Kapalangwe whereas the best actress accolade went to Monalisa Mlenga from St Monica Girls Secondary School.
The Best English Speaker Award went to Mphatso Chithope from St Mary’s Secondary School.
The Central Region regional finals well be held on February 22 after they were shifted following queries from some schools, who questioned the divisional results.
In the Northern Region which were also held on Saturday, Katoto Secondary School from Mzuzu came first with St John Bosco and Nkhata Bay Boys on second and third position respectively. The three have joined the three schools from the Southern Region in the national final.
Katoto ruled the contest when it also produced the Best English Speaker and Best Actor in Joel Nyirenda and Leonard Mwasomola respectively whereas Faith Kawale from Kaseghe Girls got the best actress accolade.