Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology Vincent Ghambi has said government will recruit teachers from private teacher training colleges (TTC) to bolster education standards in the country.
Ghambi said this when he presided over the graduation of 504 female teachers at Maryam Girls TTC (MGTTC) in Mangochi on Saturday.
He said: “Government recognises the role that communities and the college play in educating the girl child. As a nation, we should all contribute to educating the girl child because when you educate a girl you educate the nation.”
Speaking before the presentation of certificates, the institution’s former board chairperson Altaf Gani appealed to graduating students to maintain discipline.
Said Gani: “As teachers, you should be disciplined and make sure that your students also maintain discipline because discipline is the key to success.”
Government is struggling to meet the 1:60 qualified teacher to pupils ratio as recommended in the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).
Government currently runs five TTCs in Blantyre, Karonga, Kasungu, Lilongwe and Machinga. Apart from MGTTC, there are four other private teacher training colleges run by Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) in Blantyre,Thyolo, Mzimba and Dowa.