Established in 1963, this high school is a national boarding school for boys. Even though its facilities of concrete floors and concrete blocks are deplorable, it is ranked academically among the top schools in Malawi. Because of the pervasive poverty in the country, few students can afford the full tuition and boarding fees which are only $54 a term. There are 300 boarding students, 40 percent of whom have lost one or both parents to the AIDS pandemic. In 2000, an academic program in reading, math, and language skills was added for both boys and girls in the Karonga area who do not pass the government exams to be admitted to a secondary school. These children are accommodated after the regular classes end for the day. All these children depend on financial aid to further their education.