One of the renowned private schools in the country, Blantyre-based Maranatha International Academy class of 2023 held its colourful graduation on Thursday at Robins Park, where the institution’s Managing Director, Ernest Kaonga spoiled the best-performing form four students before sitting for Malawi School Leaving Certificate (MSCE), commencing in two weeks.
During the ceremony, Kaonga decorated, Esther Chavula, who emerged overall best student after scoring 6 points during mock examinations.
Kaonga heap praises on a star performer
Some students, who also performed well during mock examinations in different disciplines, were also awarded money, ranging from K100,000 up to K200,000.
The institution has also recognised hardworking teachers. The teachers got monetary prizes with the overall best teacher, Montfort Mitungwi going home with K5 million, while the lowest got K1 million.
“Well done,” Kaonga seems to say
Kaonga said they decided to award the best-performing students as one of motivating them ahead of the upcoming MSCE Examinations.
“This ceremony seeks to motivate the outgoing students so that they get energized to pass with flying colours in the upcoming examinations. As Maranatha we assure them that the best is yet to come from us,” said Kaonga.
Kaonga also said the institution believes in helping the government in promoting the education standards and that is why they have also rewarded students from government schools for scoring with 6 points in the previous MSCE.
“This is a sign that we don’t only focus on our children but education as a whole in the country,” he said.
“Keep it up young man”
He also announced that the school will continue dangling scholarships to outstanding students at the school.
Said Kaonga, “As we proceed with our aim to produce the best results at the secondary school level, we will continue to reward outstanding students with scholarships. This will spur competition amongst students and promote a hardworking spirit”
The development is coming at a time when Maranatha Academy meets fees for one of its former students, Christopher Frances, who got selected to Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHES).
During the function, Frances was given K1 million as part of his school fees.
Speaking on the same function the outgoing Boys’ Head Prefect, Foster Pemba, advised parents to send their children to Maranatha describing the academy as the best.
“Since the time l joined this school l must admit that my performance in class improved a lot and it’s because of the dedicated teachers and management,” he said.
The PTA Chairperson, Mizeck Chiweza, said the school set the pace for others to follow.
“We salute the school’s management for their tireless efforts in teaching and shaping students. We do not need to give an example because the examples are there already where every examination, Maranatha produces the cream beating so many schools,” she said.
He also urged the schools’ authority to continue enforcing discipline amongst the students, saying it was a guiding factor to outstanding performance.
The academy enrols both boys and girls and it offers MSCE as well as the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), classes for both ordinary and advanced levels, including computer lessons.