Female pupils in rural schools have been urged to work hard even with scanty resources that the government provides in most facilities.
Chief Education Officer for Higher Education Rose Kalizang’oma says even with inadequate resources girls can still achieve their goals.
Kalizang’oma made the remarks on the sidelines of an inspirational meeting with girls at Chitedze Community Day Secondary School in Lilongwe that was conducted by African Women in Agriculture and Research Development (Award).
According to Kalizang’oma, learners can still do better in school despite limited resources.
“Girls have to be assertive. Right from the beginning they have to set up goals. We also went through education systems that had [few] resources but we did well,” she said.
One of the members of Award, Wezi Mkwaila, who is also a lecturer at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said girls in rural areas can do better in their studies, including science subjects, if only they can remove a negative mentality on sciences.
“I am encouraging girls in secondary schools to go for sciences. There are great opportunities and rewards once you get to the top because there are few women scientists in the country,” she said.
Award is a career development programme involving top women in agriculture that aims to inspire girls to do sciences.
Apparently many schools have few ablution facilities, which hinders most girls to attend school during some days.
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