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Experts upbeat on dropout rate reduction

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By Feston Malekezo:

Education experts in Mzimba are optimistic that education standards would improve in the district following interventions different organisations have lined up.

The district is struggling with school dropout rate.

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Speaking during the handover of a girls’ hostel and a matron’s house valued at K32 million on Wednesday, students at Kanjuchi Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) could not hide the fact that they were encountering a number of challenges along the way.

ActionAid, through community-based organisation called Tideco, started constructing the 40-bed-hostel and house in 2016.

“These facilities will give us the opportunity to stay closer to the school,” said a form three student Sharon Luhanga.

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Kanjuchi CDSS is the only secondary school in Kanjuchi Education Zone and has 14 feeder primary schools.

Tideco Director, Angels Manda, said the idea to construct the hostel was hatched after noting that a lot of girls were dropping out of school.

He said, during the 2016/17 academic year, nine girls dropped out of school due to reasons such as lack of interest, early marriages and pregnancy.

“While we are assured of maximum security, we are also convinced of star performances among students, especially the girls,” he said.

ActionAid Programmes Manager for Mzimba District, Wongani Mgawa, urged stakeholders to join hands to promote education goals.

Mzimba District Commissioner, Thomas Chirwa, who graced the event, said there are plans to construct more hostels.

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