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Higher learning institutions urged to be innovative

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By Yohane Symon:

JEYASEELAN—Ideas that have come out can
form part of policies

The Ministry of Health has urged players in the tertiary education sector to utilise available resources to bring innovations that can increase productivity among students that graduate from the country’s institutions.

Chief Officer responsible for Higher Education in the Ministry of Education, Valentino Zimpita, made the remarks in Mangochi District during the opening of a two-day international conference on education which DMI University, Malawi Institute of Education, the University of Malawi and other institutions organised.

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It was organised under the theme ‘Innovative Teaching and Learning for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century’.

“Malawi has the best resources, in terms of educated lecturers and other resources, but it is sad that we are failing to utilise them. We should innovate so that available resources can benefit our learners,” Zimpita said.

He said the ministry was ready to support ideas that would improve teaching and learning standards.

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“We cannot continue with the same methods of teaching and learning. The world is changing and we need to change for the better by introducing some innovations,” Zimpita said.

DMI University Vice Chancellor, Fr Sengol Jeyaseelan, said the conference is the right platform for brainstorming.

“We have had a very wonderful discussion and some of the resolutions and ideas that have come out of this conference will be recommended to the government so that they can form part of policies guiding teaching and learning in universities and colleges,” Jeyaseelan said.

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