University of Malawi (Unima) vice-chancellor John Kalenga Saka has challenged Domasi College of Education (DCE) to be innovative and engage in more research to add value to its programmes and contribute towards knowledge generation in the global world.
Presiding over the 20th graduation ceremony of the college, Saka said as an institution of higher learning, it was necessary that methodologies and techniques at the college are based on research to inform better practice and improve on the standards of higher education.
He said on its part, Unima will assist Domasi College in developing research and publication policy, organising workshops and proposal writing and marketing as well as setting up a functional and output-oriented research support unit.
Said Saka: “Let us work together so that we mobilise resources beyond the subvention to undertake these three activities in the 2016/17287 academic year. Education worldwide is seeking new meaning in this century. Knowledge is developing fast and we ought to keep up with the pace so that we are not left behind.”
Out of the 67 graduates, 10 were awarded diplomas in secondary education while 57 got bachelor’s degrees in education (primary school).
Saka urged the graduating teachers to respect the values of professionalism, efficiency, effectiveness, integrity, transparency and accountability if they are to enjoy their job and earn themselves the respect of being a great teacher.
DCE acting principal Arnold Mwanza cited inadequate teaching and learning materials, shortage of staff and infrastructure as some of the challenges facing the college.
He commended Ministry of Education, Science and Technology for supporting the college’s 151 needy students who were on the verge of dropping out by providing up to K22 million for their tuition fees.
Opened in 1993, DCE, an affiliate of the Faculty of Education of Unima’s Chancellor College, has awarded diplomas and degrees in both primary and secondary education to about 7 000 teachers.