Providence Girls Secondary School on Sunday walked with their heads high when they were crowned the 2017 Association of Teaching of English in Malawi (Atem) champions during the grand finals held at Chipasula Secondary School in Lilongwe.
The school which travelled a long distance from Mulanje outclassed eight other schools to come out top with their play titled My Story.
Providence’s triumph underlined Southern region’s dominance in the competition which last year was won by St Patricks from Chiradzulu with Too Late For Tears.
As winners, Providence which came position one during the divisional and regional finals received K100,000.
Their play takes the form of a television programme which features the story of Ludoviko.
After completing his university studies, Ludoviko has to deal with hardships brought by the realities of life.
My Story reveals the journey of Ludoviko from darkness to salvation.
And as this was not enough, Providence also produced the Best Actress in Ketrina Matchado who received books plus K7,500.
Providence also triumphed in the Best Costume receiving books and K5,000.
Central region schools failed to utilise home ground advantage to claim top position but they made sure they did not lost out as they claimed positions two and three.
Kia Hope Greenlight Private and Tsabango Secondary schools both from Lilongwe came second and third respectively. They pocketed K60,000 and K40,000 respectively.
Another school Sos from Lilongwe could only manage position seven. Sos however, produced Best Actor in Lovemore Bweya who received books and K7,500.
The Northern region which used to do well in the past years has completely lost ground as this time it’s best school Katoto got position five while the other two schools – Luwinga and Chibavi got positions eight and nine respectively.
Katoto also managed to produce Best English Speaker in Thandi Jassie who received books and K10,000.
The Mzuzu-based government school also got the Best Script.
While Providence represented the Southern region well, Blantyre Baptist Academy and Jacaranda School for Orphans came position four and six respectively.
However, Jacaranda School for Orphans did not lose out completely as they produced the Most Captivating scene in their play The Planned Mistake.
All the nine schools that participated in the grand finals received books that were donated by National Library Service.
Atem President Fanuel Mapira said yesterday that they were satisfied with the results.
“Some plays were mature but others lived a lot to be desired,” Mapira said.
With Atem failing to find sponsorship, Mapira said they will sit down as organisers to come up with a strategic plan on fundraising programme.
“We will be organising different activities in schools as part of this fundraising drive and this includes producing DVDs for sale. We are also looking at producing a magazine just to tell our story otherwise we need support and we are hoping for better things next year,” he said.
Some people however, indicated that the judges took time to come up with the results.
“The judges took two hours to come up with the results which was not good for the audience. The organisation was also poor and there is need for improvement. This is a big event and it needs good organisation,” some one of the participants.
The participant, who did not want to be named also said it was high time Atem grew its wings and became serious with the event.
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