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Government to construct three more Teachers’ Training Colleges— Peter Mutharika

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President Peter Mutharika has promised that government will construct three more Teachers’ Training Colleges (TTCs) in Rumphi, Mchinji and Chikwawa districts as a way of improving quality education and reducing the students’- teacher ratio which is high in the country.

Mutharika spoke Tuesday when he opened newly constructed Phalombe Teachers’ Training College and also laid a foundation stone for the construction of the much awaited for Phalombe District Hospital which will be constructed for 18 months.

“The opening of the college and the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the district hospital which the people of Phalombe have been waiting for over 20 years is a symbol of victory. It signifies that we are moving forward as we aim at providing quality access to education and health. These are our priority areas and that is why we have allocated a lot of money in these sectors in our national budget. We also plan to construct other TTCs in Rumphi, Mchinji and Chikwawa,” Mutharika said.

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Speaking earlier, Health Minister, Peter Kumpalume, said he will ensure that the hospital is finalised within its time frame so that people are relieved the burden of travelling long distances to access health services in other districts such as Mulanje and Zomba.

“I will be coming to visit the progress of the project every three months. This minister does not take delays kindly. I urge the contractor to make this hospital for the people so that we finish it in time,” Kumpalume said.

Minister of Education, Emmanuel Fabiano, also said that government is taking all measures to ensure improved education quality by, among others, training more teachers and providing books in all schools.

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Head of the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID), Jane Marshall, expressed happiness that the project which they funded until 2014 to the tune of K3.9 billion has been finalised. She said that DfID is keen to ensure that the college is taking 50 percent of female students.

“We have done our part and we are happy to see a new infrastructure which the teacher trainees will be using. It is now up to government to be taking up other issues such as maintenance works and other works that remain on the project. As of today, it was nice to be there as one of the co-sponsors of the project. It was nice to talk to the President,” Marshall said in an interview after the ceremony.

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