About 89 teachers on Saturday graduated from Emmanuel Teachers Training College in Lilongwe.
Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano, who was guest of honour, hailed the institution for its commitment to support government in the education sector.
He said Malawi faces a problem of shortage of teachers in most rural schools, saying this would reduce teacher to pupils ratio.
“I commend the Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) for establishing the institution as one way of reducing some challenges the education sector experiences.
“We have a big challenge of a teacher to pupils ratio in most rural schools hence the graduation of these 89 teachers will help us in addressing the problem,” Dr. Fabiano said.
Board Chair of the college, Prof. Dixie Maluwa Banda, expressed satisfaction over the quality of teachers the institution produces annually, saying the institution would like to help in improving education standards in the country.
Prof. Maluwa Banda also explained that when the institution was being established in 2004, little did people know that it would grow and become a reliable teacher training centre in the country.
“Let me thank all stakeholders that have played a role in ensuring that the institution grows since its establishment in 2004.
“We started from a humble beginning, but now we are a force to reckon with in as far as training of teachers is concerned in the country,” Prof. Maluwa Banda said.
Despite the success story, Prof. Maluwa Banda said the institution still faces financial challenges and called upon well-wishers to assist with learning and teaching materials
“Despite boasting a success story, we still face some challenges in terms of finances and I would like to ask well-wishers if they could provide us with some relevant learning and teaching materials for students,” he explained.
Over 600 teachers have graduated since the institution opened its doors.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :