Top marks for Zambian Hospitality student

10:07am GMT, Friday, 9 October 2009
Top-scoring Zambian student Chipasha Mutalala

Top-scoring Zambian student Chipasha Mutalala

An ICM student in Zambia has passed an examination with 100 marks out of a possible 100 – an outstanding achievement for both her and her school, the Zambia Institute of Business Studies and Industrial Practices.

The Institute would like to congratulate Chipasha Mutalala on gaining 100% in her Single Subject examination in Fundamentals of the Hotel and Catering Industry in June 2009.

Her dedication and hard work in the subject has clearly paid off, and ICM wishes her the best of luck in the remainder of her Diploma in Hospitality Management and wherever her future will take her.

We asked Chipasha to tell us a little more about herself, and how she came to be studying with ICM today:

“I was born on the 14th of March 1984, the third in the family of five. I lost my parents at a very tender age but I just thank God for giving me a loving auntie and uncle whom I have been with to date.

“I did both my primary and secondary education in Kalulushi a small town in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. I started school in 1990 at Kalulushi Trust School and completed in 2001 at Kalulushi High School. Currently I am pursuing my Diploma in Hospitality Management at Zambia Institute of Business Studies and Industrial Practices in Kitwe, Zambia.

“Just after completing my Secondary level I started working as an untrained French teacher. I managed to teach the subject with what I had learnt from school. With the passion I have for children, I really used to enjoy my work though I wanted something more challenging. I went back to school, studied computers and got a certificate. I further worked as a personal assistant to the Director at Cornerstone Christian School in my home town of Kalulushi. Whilst studying for my Diploma in Hospitality Management, I also worked as a waitress during weekends at Kalulushi Golf Club where I got more experience about the industry.

“I have so many plans for the future. I would love to further my studies and obtain a degree in Hospitality Management and be able to offer better services to my guests. Upon completion of my degree programme, I would also love to open my own hotel so that I can empower my fellow hoteliers with employment.”

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