A total of 80 teachers and students from Shire Highlands Education Division (Shed) on Friday received various awards for their outstanding performance during the 2016/17 academic year.
The 54 teachers and 26 students received certificates and money for good results in Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations.
Speaking during the award ceremony at Chiradzulu Secondary School, South West Division education division manager (EDM) Henry Gwede hailed Shed for the initiative which he said will encourage more teachers and students to work hard.
“This is encouraging, especially now when the Ministry of Education is looking for means and ways of motivating teachers and enhancing the education standards through encouraging students to work hard.
In his remarks Shed EDM Christopher Tsogolani asked donors for assistance to give attractive awards to the outstanding performers.
“We are still looking for more donors to make this more exciting. Since we began the awards in 2016, we have seen greater improvement in the performance of our teachers and students,” he said.
Victor Syson, a student from Mulanje Secondary School, was the best performer after scoring seven points in his MSCE examinations.
“I feel honoured to have received this award. My secret has been God and hard work in class. I encourage my friends to do the same,” said Syson, who aspires to study medicine.
Shed comprises 95 secondary education centres and covers four districts, namely Chiradzulu, Thyolo, Mulanje and Phalombe.