Opening of state-of-the-art Nalikule Secondary Teachers Training College(TTC) in Lilongwe is still hanging in the balance as the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) has failed to open the college due to delay in water connection process.
The college, which was constructed with $13 million (about K9.4 billion) funding from the Japanese Government was scheduled to enroll its first cohort by October this year.
In an interview, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Lindiwe Chide, said they are in a process of getting water connected through Central Region Water Board (CRWB).
“We had a number of challenges but the major one is water connection. We have been funded and so far we have paid half of the cost. All the works to supply water for the college are underway,” she said.
In May this year, the ministry said lack of funds was what was making it difficult to complete the water connection project as it needed over K370 million.
Chide said could not say when the college will open.
“I cannot estimate when, because it will depend on the CRWB when they are likely to finish the project. They should be in a better position to say the exact period to have the project completed,” she said.
According to the project agreement, the Government of Malawi, through the Department of
Infrastructure, is supposed to construct the sports complex, connect water supply and provide learning materials.
And Chide said the opening of the college could not be done without installing the water system, the process which is currently underway.
CRWB Spokesperson Zephelino Mitumba said they will supply the college with groundwater through drilling of boreholes which will be supplying to the rest of the college’s water system.
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