Chilangoma Dapp Teachers Training College (TTC) in Chileka, Blantyre on Friday graduated 110 who qualified to teach in various primary schools.
Out of the 110 teacher, 48 are men and 62 women. They completed a three- year programme and have since committed themselves to teach in rural areas.
Deputy head of programmes at the college Moses Chibwana justified the three- year training instead of two years, saying more content was added to the syllabus.
“We included disciplines such as community development, adult literacy and tree planting. Since we train the teachers for rural schools, we feel they should also be knowledgeable on these things,” said Chibwana.
District Education Manager (DEM) for Blantyre Rural Paul Chiphanda said the graduating students will reduce the problem of shortage of teachers in rural schools.
“We have a drastic shortage of teachers . We call upon other stakeholders to help train teachers because government alone cannot manage,” said Chiphanda.
As part of the training, students travelled to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Tanzania to appreciate the education systems in those countries.