1981 – Opening of Kamuzu Academy
Opening of Kamuzu Academy
21 November 1981
Kamuzu Academy was officially opened 21 November 1981 in Mtunthama, 150 kilometres north of Lilongwe. Initially it had 300 pupils. It was named after, the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda, the former President of Malawi.
Whilst Kamuzu Banda was still in power, the school only accepted the three best students from every district, who had to write a separate examination from the Primary School Leaving Certificate. Everything from uniforms to bedding, shoes, socks, textbooks, lab equipment, paints and sports attire was free.
The academic facilities comprise a library modelled on Washington’s Library of Congress, an auditorium, science labs, band, art, and home economics rooms, an outdoor amphitheatre and computer rooms.
The school’s sports facilities include a 33-metre swimming-pool, a 10-hole golf course, a pavilion overlooking a running track and main sports field, tennis courts, squash courts, two further sports fields, as well as outdoor basketball and volleyball courts.
It is now a private boarding school.