Govt to Intervene on Primary School Teachers’ Qualifications

Ministry of education has disclosed plans to start engaging stakeholders on its plans for primary school teachers in the country to be graduating with diplomas and degrees from their respective teacher training colleges (TTCs).

Speaking to Zodiak Online on Tuesday Principal Secretary in the Ministry, Chikondano Musa said the Ministry will take advantage of its curriculum review exercise currently underway to engage all relevant stakeholders on the matter.

However, Mussa did not disclose timeframe for the move but she nevertheless indicated that the ministry has already finalized a concept paper for the plans.

"So far we have finalized a concept paper for the proposal. Moving forward we would like to take advantage of the curriculum review exercise that we are currently undertaking to engage stakeholders on the policy direction", said Mussa.

Dean of Education at Mzuzu University, Dr Foster Lungu has called on the ministry to ensure that all necessary arrangements such as recruitment of qualified tutors in the TTCs are in place before rolling out the plan.

The plan is part of the Ministry of education's move to reform the education sector to ensure that there are well qualified teachers at all levels.

Unlike in most western countries, Malawi is one of the few African countries whose teachers are still graduating with certificates upon completion of their teacher training.

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