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Education Deputy Minister Monica Chang’anamuno has said there is a need to transform the education system for Malawi to attain aspirations contained in the Malawi 2063 agenda.

Speaking in Blantyre during commemorations marking this year’s World Teachers Day, which falls on October 5, Chang’anamuno said teachers can play a key role in addressing problems besetting the education sector.

She said, for example, that, today, only one in 10 children can read a simple story in sub-Saharan Africa, which includes Malawi.

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“As the theme of this year loudly proclaims, ‘Transformation of Education Begins with Teachers’. Teachers play a pivotal role in fulfilling the promise and carrying the spirit of Sustainable Development Goal number 4, which calls for inclusive, equitable and quality education and the provision of lifelong learning opportunities for all,” Chang’anamuno said.

The deputy minister said one of Malawi 2063 agenda enablers is human capital development.

“And when you do education, the teachers are the centre of everything. Therefore, we need to appreciate them because they are the ones helping the country move forward and achieve its goals.

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“The ministry has put teachers at the centre of the 5-Strand Education Foundations Strategy by deploying the best teachers to early grades, improving teacher training and support, expanding school feeding programme to all schools, reviewing and resourcing the curriculum and digitalising education,” Chang’anamuno said.

She, however, said the government is aware of challenges that teachers are facing in service delivery.

“My ministry has included has the improvement of teachers’ welfare at the core of its reform agenda. Besides, the Tonse Alliance administration remains committed to improving teachers’ domestic needs, the learner-qualified teacher ratio and learner-classroom ratio,” she said.

Vincent Mpoto, who is a teacher at Loyola Jesuit Secondary School in Kasungu District, said teachers’ relevance cannot be underrated.

“We cannot talk about education in Malawi without mentioning teachers. Teachers need to be celebrated on this special day because we reflect the role society plays in educating the nation,” he said.

Mpoto, however, said teachers face a litany of challenges that need to be addressed.

“We want to take this opportunity to ask the government to, through the ministry, put their hands together and help teachers deliver and bring out the best outcomes during national examinations,” he said.

In Malawi, 2022 World Teachers Day was celebrated on October 25 with a transformational walk from Clock Tower to Mount Soche Hotel, where the event was held, in Blantyre.

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