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Members of Parliament demand new secondary schools

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By Macdonald Thom:

Members of Parliament (MPs) have demanded that the government should fulfill its pledge of constructing a new secondary school in each of the country’s 193 constituencies.

The MPs made the call Monday in their contribution to the State of the Nation Address (Sona) which President Peter Mutharika delivered in the House on June 21 2019, promising to construct 250 secondary schools across the country.

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Chikwawa East MP, Rodrick Khumbanyiwa, who is also United Democratic Front (UDF) Chief Whip, was among the legislators who asked the government to consider constructing a school in his constituency.

But Minister of Education, William Susuwele Banda, said: “I explained to this House that the schools will be constructed in all constituencies.”

He, therefore, asked Speaker of the House Catherine Gotani-Hara if it was in order for Khumbanyiwa to say that in some constituencies more secondary schools would be constructed than in others.

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But Gotani-Hara said what Khumbanyiwa said simply showed “how badly he needs a secondly school” in his constituency.

In his contribution, Mulanje West MP Yusuf Nthenda said his constituency had three community day secondary schools but needed a new secondary school.

The contribution, however, prompted Lilongwe South East MP, Baba Steve Malondera, to stand on a Point of Order, wondering how Nthenda could be asking for more secondary schools when his constituency has none.

But Gotani-Hara said Nthenda was just highlighting the need in his constituency. The MPs have adopted the Sona.

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