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Nkhoma Synod to subsidize fees for needy students

Written by  George Pemba
We want to make education attainable to everyone:Nkhoma We want to make education attainable to everyone:Nkhoma

Lilongwe, July 02, 2019: Needy students in Nkhoma Synod will now have a chance to proceed with their tertiary education at Nkhoma University as the synod’s congregations have been mandated to pay part of their fees while the other part will be subsidized by the University.

Nkhoma Synod Moderator, Reverend Biswick Chimbalu Nkhoma disclosed the development Sunday at Lilongwe Golf Club when the synod double-celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Thanks Giving Sunday and 130 years of its existence.

“We understand that there are people who are qualified to go for further studies but cannot afford because of their background. So we are encouraging congregations to identify two or three of such needy students whom they can partly sponsor and the rest of the money will be backed up by the university,” said Nkhoma.

He said the move is meant to encourage the faithful to take part in transforming lives, especially of those who cannot afford to go up the ladder due to financial challenges. 

Nkhoma said it is in the interest of Nkhoma Synod to complement government efforts in uplifting education standards by making education attainable to every learner including the needy that have requisite qualifications.

Government has since applauded Nkhoma synod for the initiative, saying it is a move in the right direction.

“We really commend the synod for the move since it will help complement government efforts of ensuring that more and more students are accorded the opportunity to have access to tertiary education regardless of their economic status in society,” said Justin Saidi, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education.

Apart from partnering government in providing education infrastructure, Nkhoma Synod has also endeavoured to provide health services, radio broadcast and other social amenities to the citizenry.

Nkhoma Synod, which has seen the number of its churches grow to 206, was established in 1889 at Mvera in Dowa.

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