The government of Malawi through Ministry of Education Science and Technology has said it will abolish training Primary Teachers in the country through Open Distance Learning (ODL) in the 2015-16 School Calendar year which starts from September.

According to information sourced by FaceofMalawi, government feels that it has trained enough teachers in the country and it will now concentrate on upgrading the already trained teachers.

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education responsible for basic education Miss Thokozile Chimudzu Banda confirmed of the development in an interview with Press, saying government will now only concentrate on training teachers through Initial Primary Teacher Education (IPTE).

Commenting on the move taken by government, Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) General Secretary Dennis Kalekeni commended the government, saying this will help to improve the quality of education in the country as most teachers trained through ODL had no convincing entry qualifications.

Kalekeni, however urged government to increase intake in IPTE to reduce the problem of teacher in the country.

Reacting to the call, Chimudzu Banda said government will soon open two Teachers Training Colleges and one of it will be in the eastern District of Mangochi.

Current starts shows that Pupil teacher ratio in Primary school is 1-90 against the recommended ratio of 1-60.

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