One of the theological education institutions in the country, Theological Education by Extension in Malawi (TEEM), has said it is waiting for government to look into its application before implementing a plan which will see the college offering courses by e-learning.
Speaking when the college graduated 165 students in Zomba on Friday, TEEM Deputy Director Father Martin Kalimbe also said the institution, which offers a diploma course in theology through distance education, will in the near future start offering a bachelor’s degree programme.
The over 35-year old institution, TEEM, is a Christian training college that provides decentralised Biblical and theological education and was initially founded to train pastors but has since expanded and now include’s courses in academic theology.
“We are at the moment, finalising our plans to develop and improve the national office here in Zomba. We are also at an advanced stage to offer our courses by e-learning here in Malawi. We are waiting for the outcome of the application to the National Council of Higher Education. And we are expanding our literature work.
“You will also be pleased to hear that we have actual plans to introduce a bachelor’s degree programme. This will not happen this year but shortly afterwards. With all these changes, we are confident that our services are continuously, improving,” Kalimbe said.
He said TEEM has hugely invested in the delivery of services through the establishment of libraries in all centres, the employment of a sufficient number of full-time academic staff in all regions and the provision of quality theological books to the students.
University of Malawi (Unima) Pro-Vice Chancellor, Alfred Mtenje, called on the graduating class to aim high.
“One chooses the right path when they choose to be successful. The diplomas that you are getting today are just a step towards more things to come. It is said, we should not stop learning and indeed you should not stop learning,” Mtenje said.
TEEM is run by the four Anglican Dioceses, the three Church of Central Africa Presbyterian a (CCAP) synods and the Churches of Christ in Malawi.
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