Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

26 April 2014

Malawi: JB Pledges 56 Computers to Mtendere Secondary School.

President Dr. Joyce Banda on Friday pledged a donation of 56 computers to Mtendere Secondary School in Dedza.

She had visited the school to mark the launch of fundraising activities for computer suite which needs computers, furniture and air conditioners to start functioning.

"I take particular interest in education. I will, therefore, donate 56 computers and have told my runningmate, SostenGwengwe, to make sure he brings them here before 20 May," she said.

Banda said her People's Party (PP) manifesto recognizes education as an important element in nation building, saying she plans to build six universities if given a mandate on 20 May to continue governing the country.

"I also recognize that education cannot improve if we do not improve quality of teachers' services. In the short period I have been ruling the country, I have already promoted 15, 000 teachers," she said.

The school's head teacher, David Kapalamula, said the laboratory would be serving not only students at the school but also people in the surrounding communities.

President Banda later addressed a development rally at Kachule Ground in the area of Traditional Authority Kachere where she recounted achievements during her two-year reign including availability of fuel, forex and good tobacco prices.

She said she would continue farm input and subsidy programme to help poor farmers who cannot buy fertilizer at the real market price.

She elevated Traditional Authority Kaphuka to senior chief.

This elevation brought the number of senior chiefs in Dedza to three, the others being Kachindamoto and Tambala whom she elevated last month during another development rally she held in the district.

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