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CDSS goes 17 yrs without university selection

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Principal Inspector of Schools for Shire Highlands Education Division, Thomas Mkandawire, has challenged students at Mikombe Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Thyolo to pull up their socks if they want to succeed.

Mikombe CDSS was opened in 1999 but according to records at the school, there has never been anyone selected to university.

Chairperson of Parents and Teachers Association (PTA), Godfrey Maluzi, told The Daily Times that the development is worrisome as it deters students from understanding the importance of university education.

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The revelation was made on Thursday when Friends of Claude hoThyolo Association (Fochta) handed over a K5 million library block to the school.

Handing over the school block, Mkandawire, urged the students that the future of their livelihood depends on their education, therefore, with the coming of the library, they should utilise it so that they pass their examinations with better grades.

Fochta Executive Director, Zione Matale, urged the students to promote reading culture and asked them to avoid vandalism.

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Matale said in most school libraries, teachers have their own timetable for opening the library but urged the teachers to leave the facility open every time to allow the children to read.

“I wish every month I would be receiving report show the children are performing comparing with the last 17 years,” Matale said.

Similar libraries have been built at Goliati, Nang’ombe, Mount View and Mikate CDSSs respectively.

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