Not all is lost in Community Day secondary schools. Now let us look at the positives. Hlengiwe Chipeta, a 17-year-old female student at Misale Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Mchinji, has achieved a remarkable feat by scoring 15 points in the recently released Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations.
These results mark the highest achievement for the school in several years. Misale CDSS Head Teacher, Aaron Maisala, has identified various factors contributing to the school’s previous poor performance, including a lack of adequate learning materials, student indiscipline, resistance to change within the community, a shortage of qualified teachers, and the absence of electricity at the school.
Despite these challenges, Maisala remains confident that CDSS students can excel when provided with the right mindset and support from teachers. The school’s new objective is to achieve single-digit points in the upcoming academic year.
He has also issued an appeal to well-wishers to assist in the construction of student hostels and teachers’ housing to facilitate this goal.