Friday, July 19, 2024

Malawi Pres. Chakwera says Tonse Alliance delivering on campaign promises

President Chakwera and Chilima

Malawi’s leader, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, has said that his administration is fulfilling the pledges made by the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and its Tonse Alliance allies during the campaign period. Chakwera conveyed these sentiments during his official opening of three teachers training colleges (TTCs) in Rumphi on Wednesday.

These institutions, located in Rumphi, Chikwawa, and Mchinji, are poised to augment TTC intake from approximately 4,000 to 6,290 students. Emphasizing the paramount importance of personal development amidst various facets of progress, Chakwera underscored its role in fostering self-reliance among individuals.

“To achieve that, we need teachers and schools. That is the reason we are opening these three teacher training colleges today.

“These colleges have modern facilities such as computer laboratories which will enhance learning. The schools also have technical sections that equip students with skills in wood and metal works because we cannot develop without skilled labour,” he said.

The President said his government has increased Constituency Development Fund (CDF) from K40 million when he took over to K200 million which is awaiting Parliament approval to enable people access better market structures, bridges and healthcare facilities, among others.

Minister of Education, Madalitso Kambauwa Wilima said the TTCs will help improve teachers’ skills as there are plans for the TTCs to offer diploma and degree programmes in primary education.

Government has also embarked on a teachers’ housing project which will see 10,000 houses constructed across the country to improve teachers’ welfare.

Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe said the TTCs are critical development tools for the districts and the nation at large.

The TTC project was funded by Malawi Government and Opec Fund for Development to the tune of US$34 million.


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