Member of parliament for Chitipa South Welani Chilenga presented the two Cheques at Wenya and Nthalire CDSS in two separate ceremonies on behalf of the First Lady Madame Professor Gertrude Mutharika.
Speaking after presenting the Cheque Chilenga said the first Lady has fulfilled her pledge she made when chiefs from Chitipa held in an audience at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe recently.
“When the First Lady Professor Gertrude Mutharika hosted Chiefs from my area, she promised to assist the needy girls with fees and today I am sent to present two Cheques and some school materials to the girls. The first cheque is worthy 330 thousand kwacha for 5 girls at Wenya and another one is worthy 660 thousand kwacha for Nthalire area for two academic years and the other money for another two years will come when the girls reach form three,” explained Chilenga.
Chilenga, who was elected on the Peoples Party`s ticket, reiterated his commitment to work with the Democratic Progressive Party DPP led government to ensure continued development of his area.
My constituents and I will continue working with the DPP led government because it has shown its potential to develop Malawi in general and Chitipa South in particular, pledged Chilenga.
Taking his turn, Traditional Authority Nthalire (Designate) applauded the First Lady Madame Professor Gertrude Mutharika for her commitment in girls education in the country. He said this was in line with their bylaws of fighting early marriages in his area.
“We have some bylaws that assist in fighting early marriages here, so the coming of this bursary from the First Lady will boost our activities of retaining girls in school. I really thank Madame Professor Getrude Mutharika for fulfilling her promise of paying fees for these 15 girls,” said TA Nthalire.
He then urged the beneficiaries to take education seriously saying they had no excuse now, as fees have been already paid for.
“You girls you must work hard in class as a way of thanking the First Lady over the scholarships. You know we have many needy students here and whoever is not serious with school shall be replaced by another needy girl,” warned Chief Nthalire.
And speaking to MBC one of the beneficiaries, Rachael Msolomoka pledged to work extra hard in class saying her school fees challenge had been solved.
“I am very happy that the First Lady has paid all my school fees and I promise to work hard at school so that I pass. On top of fees we have received school bags, several note books, soap, pens, pencils, lotions and other school materials and I thank the First Lady for that,” said Rachael Msolomoka who is in form 1.
Apart from paying School fees for needy girls in Malawi BEAM is also assisting in the construction of girls hostels as a way of assisting in the education of a girl child in the country.