Teachers excited with National Teachers’ Policy

Teachers in the country say, once finalized, the National Teachers Policy (NTP) heralds good tidings for them—especially considering the fact that the legislation will ease their career paths in terms of promotions.

Teachers from across the districts in the country on Monday participated in a conference in the capital Lilongwe where the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) sought their views which will, among others, be the basis for the formulation and implementation of the National Teachers Policy.

Held under the theme ‘Teachers, Policies and Practices in the time of COVID-19: Opportunities and Dilemmas, the conference expressed their concerns regarding their welfare.

James Manyetera -Director of Administration

And once completed and implemented, the policy aims at improving teachers’ welfare in Malawi.

In an interview, a Blantyre Secondary School teacher, Chifuniro Kamwendo, said the policy will be a pathway for overcoming one of the serious challenges teachers have faced for a long time.

“Without proper guidelines, the promotion procedure does not go as required. There are cases when a teacher works for more than ten years without promotion, and in a worst scenario, some even retire on the same grade,” she said.

Commenting on the development, Education Specialist responsible for Teachers Education under the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Milandu Mwale, said the NTP will support teachers’ education and, help in accountability and professionalism.

“This initiative provides a platform that will bring teachers together to address certain issues and inform the policy developers and framers on what is practical and how best we can improve on issues that are on the ground,” she explained.

In his remarks, Director of Administration in the Ministry of Education, James Manyetera, said as a ministry, they are working to ensure that the policy framework puts teachers at the core of ensuring access to quality education as implementers of the curriculum and facilitators of learning.

“This is why we are on the drive to come up with measures to ensure we improve conditions for teachers by addressing their issues, motivating and professionalizing them as a teaching force,” he said.

 

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Kaitano
Kaitano
11 months ago

E e! anthu akukulatu, Bwana James Manyetera mwafika apa?

Banda
Banda
11 months ago

Maybe all this will turn out to be like the Covid allowance. Will believe in it once it becomes policy and teachers are upgraded and promoted once appointed Head Teacher, Self upgraded with a Diploma or Degree

Zoona zenizeni
Zoona zenizeni
11 months ago

We also need police policy to guide promotion of officers not the current method where the IG is promoting girlfriends and tribesmen

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