By Solister Mogha
Zomba, Minister of Education Science and Technology, Agnes Nyalonje has said the expansion of Domasi College of Education in Zomba into a fully-fledged University would increase students intake especially girls.
Speaking Thursday when she toured the institution, the Minister said the government was committed to making sure that quality of education in the country was enhanced.
Nyaronje said among others, the government would like to have more teachers in all learning institutions thus reducing the teacher-pupil ratio, construct new education institutions as well as add more structures in already existing places.
“We would like to see that we have enough and qualified teachers and those institutions especially those offering higher educations are equipped with the necessary equipment that will enable them to deliver the best.
“Not only that, as government, we also would like to incentives those working in the education sector by among other things constructing houses for staff members as well supporting them with all what is required,” She said.
Nyalonje hailed Domasi College for expanding its campus, which she said would help to increase the intake while raising its bar to a fully-fledged University thus improving on the number of teachers especially women in the country.
“The College is enrolling 200 girls and, once the expansion works are completed, we expect the number to increase to 344. This is a good development since we will have more teachers who are women,” she said.
Among others, the college is constructing two new lecture rooms, two-storey laboratories consisting of two laboratories each for physics, chemistry and biology, a 144 -space female hostels, an office block to accommodate deans of faculty and heads of department, and a 500 seat library that would be able to accommodate 40,000 books.
Principal for the College, Florida Banda said the institution was focused in making sure that its dream of becoming an equipped University was fulfilled.
She said once the construction works are completed, more Malawians would have an opportunity to attain higher education, as there will be more spaces than is the case now.
“We are doing a functional review of the institution to see what we can improve on but suffice to say, our focus is to making sure that Domasi College starts offering masters degrees as well as doctorate degrees,” Banda said.
The Principal cited high staff turnover as the challenge and threat to the institution and called on the government to look into the matter.
Opened in 1996, Domasi College of Education in Zomba district is the largest Teachers’ Training College in Malawi which trains teachers at both Diploma and Degree levels using face to face and distance models.
The College aims at becoming the centre of Excellency in teacher education in the country and strives to train and graduate high calibre educators who can work effectively in any education sector in the country and beyond the borders.