Mutharika officially opens Phalombe TTC co-funded by British aid money: DfID for adequate qualified teachers across Malawi

Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday officially opened Phalombe Teacher Training College (TTC) which is co-funded by  United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID).

President Mutharika, Frist Lady and Vice President Chilima in Phalombe after the opening of Phalombe TTC and laying a foundation stone for Phalombe district hospital
Mutharika officially opens Phalombe TTC

Teachers on training at Phalombe TTC
Back in class: President Mutharika observes how teachers are trained at Phalombe TTC
Mutharika being shownd the facilities of Phalombe TTC

DFID provided 3.9bn kwacha  (£4.2m) of UK aid for Phalombe TTC, to help address Malawi’s current and future need for qualified teachers.

“The opening of this Teacher Training College should serve as a sign of my government’s commitment towards improving education in the country.

“We all know that education is the foundation of all development in a country,” President Mutharika said when he opened the college.

He added that his government has outlined a number of educational projects such as construction of new primary and secondary schools across the country and three TTCs in Rumphi, Mchinji and Chikwawa Districts.

“These government schools and teacher training colleges should be able to reduce the teacher-learner ratio which currently stands at about 1:73 to the international recommended standard of 1:60 or even less,” he added.

Commenting on the importance of training more teachers in the country, Head of Department for International Development (DfID) in Malawi, Jane Marshall, said the introduction of free primary education in Malawi in 1994 provided children in the country with an opportunity to attain an education hence the need for more teachers to teach them.

Marshall further pledged DfID’s support to the Malawian education system saying the department understands how education remains a pillar for growth and development in Malawi.

“Evidence shows a well trained teacher in the classroom is the single most important factor in influencing educational learning outcomes,” she said.

She said well educated children and adults are one of the greatest assets of a country like Malawi, a country trying to boost its economic growth and to lift its people out poverty.

“And for individual children, particularly girls too often left behind, a good education transforms lives and opportunities. Good teachers, trained, paid appropriately to be in posts across the country, teaching well, and protecting and encouraging the children in their care, are vital,” Marshall.

“Education has long been a critical part of the UK’s support to Malawi.,” she pointed out.

DfID boss disclosed that the UK has provided over 84 billion kwacha (£91m) in support of the education sector since 2010, including for teacher education, management and teaching quality, in a system increasingly under pressure from population growth.

‎”As part of wider support to education, we are pleased to have co-funded this facility, in a district that has one of the highest pupil teacher ratios in the country‎.

“DFID provided 3.9bn MWK (4.2m GBP) of UK aid for Phalombe TTC, to help address Malawi’s current and future need for qualified teachers.

“DFID co-funded the TTC with the Government of Malawi up to 2014, paying contractors directly. The Government continues to take ‎responsibility for issues arising, for utilities and maintenance, and for ensuring the new College is well used.‎”

In his remarks, Minister of Education Science and Technology, Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano said, currently, the country produces at least 5, 500 teachers per year, and employs most of them.

“While sometimes we may not be able to employ all the graduate teachers at once, our government is trying all it can to ensure that all the student teachers are employed and by August 1 this year, we will have employed the other group which is still unemployed so that by the start of the next term, they should be at their duty stations,” announced the Minister.

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7 years ago

Typical! The President again claims credit for something built with funds from the old colonial power. Where would Malawi be without foreign aid? What has the DPP done for the country to merit re–election in 2019? Oh, I forgot – it has ruined the country!

peter munthalika
7 years ago

Osamangomanga dzimanyumbadzi kumawaremba ntchito ophunzirawa

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Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
7 years ago

It is a good structure by all Malawi standards. The concern is: will the structure properly be maintained so that it retains its original structure? Many government buildings are neglected when it comes to maintenance despite the availability of funds for such purposes.

7 years ago

Very unfortunate. A whole president does not know the type of training going on in TTCs? You see how stupid he seemed when he was unaware as to whether graduates get diplomas, etc, whether the colleges train secondary school teachers or primary school teachers, in his own country? It is very funny for the former minister of education not to know anything about TTCs. Worse still you go on threatening people with wizardly if they don’t vote for you in 2019. Do we have a president who is a master of voodoo in Malawi? And we are saying their is… Read more »

7 years ago

Why should we be training more teachers and nurses when we cannot employ them? The teaching profession was for poor families who could not send their wards to other professions due to high costs. Now that trainee nurses and teachers have to pay fees, we are widening the gap between the rich and poor further. This is a recipe for revolutions.

7 years ago
Reply to  timba

The mentality that government should automatically employ the graduates from her colleges is wrong.

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