Compiled by: Ishmael Kanyukuta
17th June, 2017 was another memorable day at Malosa Secondary School, especially to the form fours who are to start their Malawi School Certificate of Education examinations on 22nd June, as they were treated to a colourful graduation ceremony presided over and graced by none other than the school proprietor himself, the Right Rev. Brighton Vita Malasa, OSF, the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Upper shire.
This was another beautiful day indeed. Bright sunshine was coupled with the cool breeze descending from Zomba-Malosa hills. By 8:00 am, everything was set. The hall colourfully decorated in blue, white, and golden. The graduates dressed in their wonderfully designed attire ready to parade. Indeed, by 9:00 am, the Guest of Honour, the Bishop arrived, and watched with kin interest as the graduates paraded into the school hall.
By 09:50 am, the function started with various activities by the student among others, dances, songs, poems among other. In his remarks, the outgoing Head boy, Emmanuel Mkandawire, thanked both the parents and teachers for their tireless efforts to mould them into responsible and productive citizens. He went on to promise the parents and teachers that their efforts will not go in vain, but bear fruits, starting with good results in forthcoming MSCE examinations. On the other hand, the Head teacher of Malosa Secondary School, Mr Nelson T. Mwale, expressed his gratitude to have the bishop grace the occasion, besides his Lordship’s tight schedule. He further acknowledged the tremendous support the church is offering to the school. He went on to thank the parents and the teachers for their efforts to assist the graduating students come this far. He then implored the students to work even harder and maintain discipline as they prepare to sit for national examinations. Finally, he assured the Bishop and the parents that they should expect nothing but 100% pass rate as well as at least a six-point aggregate pass.
In his remarks, the Lord Bishop began by reminding all the importance of education as a key to development, hence, the Church has been on the forefront promoting it. To the graduates, the Bishop implored them to be focused, and aim high, go for further education rather than early marriage. He advised the boys and girls that they should strive to be the success they wish to be. Above all, they should reward their parents, teachers, the government and the church by maintaining discipline and upholding Christ’s values, carrying Malosa motto, to serve others, into the world. They should be ready to be the servants, taking pride in being a graduate from Malosa, while appreciating that service is the only way to show gratitude.
To the parents and teachers, the Lord Bishop acknowledged the role they play in moulding the boys and girls into responsible and productive citizens of this nation. He went on to advise them to ensure they do their role in disciplining their children rather than defending them when the school decides to take disciplinary measures on them. On this, the Bishop warned the parents who are fond of challenging the school disciplinary measures through courts. Here, the Bishop did not mince words. He told them that the school and the Church will always strive to maintain discipline in the institution.
Finally, the Bishop presented awards to outstanding students in the academic category, after the Head teacher of St Michael’s Girls Secondary School; Mrs Rose Chikhambi had presented awards in social category. Among other awards were the best students in Humanities, Languages and Science subjects. Emmanuel Mkandawire, who happened to be the former Head boy, emerged the most outstanding student of the generation. Emmanuel was always on position one in both term end and mock examinations. He is one of the candidates expected to pass with six-point aggregate in the forthcoming MSCE examinations.