Education minister for reduced teacher-pupil ratio
Ministry of Education Science and Technology has said teacher training will remain one of the country’s top priorities as it offers a good transition from Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that have also made education a key goal for the world up to 2030.
Speaking at the official handover of Chiradzulu Teacher’s Training College on Tuesday, minister responsible Emmanuel Fabiano emphasised that as MDGs are coming to an end this years, teacher training remains key in government’s quest to realise quality education.
“One of the key goals in the MDGs was education and that has also been emphasised in the SDGs because if we don’t have an educated nation, many of the challenges facing the education sector cannot be addressed effectively and, as such, construction of training institutions like teacher training colleges remains vital in achieving the set goals,” said Fabiano.
He added: “We cannot improve the quality of education without training adequate teachers for our schools and it remains government’s desire to reduce the teacher, pupil ratio to 1 to 60 at least by 2017. With the opening of the college, we are sure that the number of qualified teachers will increase, thereby making our efforts to reduce the qualified teacher pupil ratio in the coming years a reality,” said Fabiano.
In her remarks, Unicef education specialist, Milandu Mwale, said her organisation wants to help Malawi have quality education.
“The country’s education plan is to promote quality education and as an organisation, we will make sure that we help government to achieve its goal and that is why we have gone into this area so that the country has quality teachers who are well-trained,” said Mwale.
Constructed almost 12 kilometres off Robert Mugabe Highway in Chiradzulu, the college, which is the poised to become a centre of innovation and is the first of its kind in the district, is expected to be open its doors in September this year.
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