The road to the Association of the Teaching of English in Malawi (Atem) drama competition started over the weekend with divisional finals.
The competition in the South West Education Division (Swed) was held at Bangwe Secondary School in Blantyre where only seven schools participated.
Atem coordinator, Davie Mpaso, said yesterday they were disappointed that only seven schools turned.
“We thought we would have more than 10 schools but some decided not to show up,” Mpaso said.
He also said that the competition was stiff and tough as they expected.
At the end of the contest, Mpaso said Michiru View Girls came first with their play Repudiated Destiny while Mlauli Private Secondary School came second with their play The Promise.
On third position was Joyce Banda Foundation with Poetic Justice.
The three schools have since made it to the regional finals which Mpaso said will be held in two weeks time.
The other schools that participated in Swed were Giant Kizito, Double Knowledge, Ndirande Hill and Blantyre Baptist.
He said that most schools are shying away from participating because they spend a lot putting their acts together but do not get enough from the prizes.
In the Shire Highlands Education Division (Shed), St St Patrick’s Secondary School came first with Chiradzulu and Divine Mercy Catholic on second and third respectively.
In the South East Education Division (Seed), St Pauls Secondary School came top while St Monica came second with Liwonde Secondary School on third.
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