Development Aid from People to People (Dapp) Amalika Teacher’s Training College (TTC) in Thyolo on Friday graduated 76 primary school teachers.
The 76 teachers, 54 women and 22 men, completed a three-year programme and satisfied requirements of the Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb), Department of Teacher Education (DTED) and Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony, acting education division manager for Shire Highlands Education Division, Christopher Ziwa, said the graduation tells a long story in the improvement of teaching and learning in rural areas as the graduates have committed themselves to teaching in rural areas.
He said the graduates have acquired capacity to make a difference in rural schools and communities where teacher to pupil ratios are always high and teaching and learning materials are not enough.
A representative of the graduates, Jessica Maseko, said they are ready to help learners failing to access education because of lack of teachers in rural communities.
College principal Charlotte Danckert said in an interview that the college is optimistic that the graduating students will use the knowledge acquired in class to improve the communities they will be working with.
In his remarks, Traditional Authority Bvumbwe urged the graduates to refrain from activities that will put them at a risk of contracting HIV and Aids because society is now looking up to them to educate future doctors and professors.