TNM Plc Chief Officer (Marketing & Sales) Daniel Makata said donation of the 300 desks is a fulfillment of TNM Mpamba Trust Fund’s pledge to give back to community proceeds from its mobile money business.
He said funds for the desks have been sourced from interest that accrues from the Mpamba business.
“We were concerned to learn that out of a total enrolment of 600 students, only about 300 had desks. Given the history that Dedza Secondary has as a national school that has produced leaders in many fields, TNM Mpamba felt compelled to play a role in assisting the institution get back to its feet, and as a fulfilment of the Mpamba Trust’s pledge to invest back into community,” said Makata.
The Chief Officer said through Mpamba, TNM Plc is committed to restore the dignity of the country’s education standards by investing in continuous improvements of the learning environment.
“At TNM Mpamba we believe we have a role to support the dreams of our children by helping to promote dignity in the learning environment to improve delivery of quality in education. This explains our swift response to the call made recently by the school,” he said.
Receiving the desks Head Teacher Joseph Chiwoza thanked TNM Mpamba for the gesture saying it would go a long way to alleviate challenges the school has been facing with its sitting plans. Chiwoza noted that lack of desks was only one of a number of challenges the school faces.
For his part Dedza District Education Desk Officer Solley Mwale challenged students and teachers at the national secondary school to use the desks to improve performance. “When was the last time Dedza Secondary School produced 6 points in MSCE?” he wondered.
In its annual report for 2017, TNM Plc notes that mobile money was a third-ranking contributor after data and voice to its net profit, which rose 60 percent to MWK13.10 billion Malawi Kwacha (U$17.88 million) for 2017 up from MWK 8.21 billion (U$11.20 million) in 2016.