Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) Principal Secretary Justin Saidi says Domasi College of Education (DCE) will from June this year undergo expansion to allow the institution admit more students to increase the number of secondary school teachers.
He announced the plans on Friday at the college during the graduation of 252 diploma graduands (152 males and 100 females) with 130 graduating in sciences and the remainder in humanities.
The targeted expansion areas include female hostels with 144 bed spaces, an office block to accommodate deans of faculty and heads of department, a two-storey library with a reading area of 494 seats and open stacks to store 40 000 books, a two-storey laboratory block consisting of two laboratories each for physics, chemistry and biology, two lecture theatres each with a capacity of 150 seats, a computer laboratory as well as a special needs resource room.
Said Saidi:“The construction of these modern teaching and learning facilities and office block will lead to increased access to relevant and quality education and increased bed space for female students that will assist in ensuring equitable access to education”.
He said the resources for the expansion are available, courtesy of the Japanese Government and what remains is for the contractor to mobilise equipment.
On her part, DCE principal Florida Banda Kumwembe said since the college occupied the then Domasi Teachers Training College in 1996, it has not achieved its full potential in the production of quality and enough teachers for the country.