Marymount Catholic Secondary School was opened on January 29, 1963.
The Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Mzuzu who was concerned about
the plight of girls in Malawian communities put forward the idea of
opening an all girl high school in the northern part of Malawi. The
Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception who would run the
school received a grant from the Ministry of Education to build the
school. At its inception the Catholic Church and the Ministry of
Education jointly ran the school.
However, in 1992 the school with the diocese approval seceded from
the Ministry of Education to address the declining academic quality
of the school. Mzuzu Catholic diocese took charge of the school
appointing an Education Commission represented by a Board of Governors.
The Board is the policy making body and is responsible for employment
and the general supervision of the Management of the school. The
Management Team headed by the School Manager (Head Teacher) takes care
of the daily operations of the school.
Currently the school has 660 students. Admission is by entrance
examination. Applicants who pass the exam are accepted. The school
Board of Governors makes available a number of scholarships for
underprivileged candidates who pass the entrance exam but cannot
afford the tuition. For the past few years, the Board has worked hard
to increase the amount of scholarships awarded to girls who are
academically qualified but cannot afford the school tuition.
The school experiences several challenges. The following is a
partial list of our needs for assistance. You may wish to assist us
in one of the following areas:
- Rehabilitation of the Home Economics Laboratory;
- Extensions of the dining hall to enable our students to
take their meals at the same time. Currently they eat in
shifts of two;
- Additional hostels to ease congestion in the already
- A bigger bus that can assist in ferrying students
for educational visits. At present we have a 16 seater
minibus and we rely on hiring whenever educational trips
- Additional staff houses to enable all the teaching staff
to be housed on campus. The present scenario is that nine (9)
out 26 teachers commute long distances to and from work.
Members of staff who cover longer distances tend to get to
school late and tired. This compromises the quality of
instruction and affects the studentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s academic achievement;
- Construction of a multi-purpose hall that would also assist
in the generation of income for the school self-sustainability;
- An on-campus clinic for 660 students, staff and the surrounding community;
- Computer laboratory (maximum 100 computers and twenty printers);
- Students exchange programs with some schools in the USA and other countries.
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