The Girls Education Trust (GET) has expressed concern that poor living conditions for girls in most public secondary schools across the country are negatively contributing to poor performance in class among learners.
GET Programs officer Deborah Matope made the remarks when her organisation donated 56 mattresses worth K1 million to Makanjira and Cape Maclear Community Day Secondary Schools (CDSS) in Mangochi.
Matope said living conditions for girls in most public secondary schools compelled her organisation to source the items and donate them so that girls can be sleeping comfortably.
“We came to these two learning institutions last year and we found that, the girls were sleeping on the floor because they had no mattresses. Now, as a trust, which was established to assist needy girls from rural schools with bursaries or other materials, we felt necessary to help,” she said.
Matope said it is the wish of GET to continue supporting other schools in rural areas to ensure that all girls that need education support are helped so that they complete education and become independent people who can contribute effectively to the national economy.
“Our aim is to bridge the gap between the vulnerable and invulnerable girls,” she added.
In his remarks, Headteacher for Cape CDSS, Duncanie Mjuweni thanked GET for coming to their rescue with donations, explaining that the situation was bad for girls in their schools.
“The importance of these mattresses cannot be overemphasized given the pathetic situation we had at our school. We had no single mattress and our girls were sleeping on the floor. This made them to wake up already tired, hence, less concentration in class. Now that we have the mattresses, this is great,” he said.
Press Trust, supported GET with the funds to reach out to the girls.