The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) and the Malawi Institute of Education (MIE) are in the process of reviewing the Initial Primary Teacher Education (IPTE) curriculum to make it more relevant and responsive to the needs of the Malawian society.
Speaking in Blantyre on Monday when he opened a two day national symposium on IPTE curriculum review, MoEST director of administration Herbert Kaludzu said there is need to align the curriculum in teachers’ training colleges to the reviewed primary school curriculum to ensure efficiency.
The ministry started implementing the reviewed primary school curriculum in 2012 and another review is expected in 2020.
Kaludzu further said aligning teachers’ curriculum with the primary school curriculum is essential in enhancing basic quality education in the country.
“The ministry is committed to enhancing the country’s education standards and this is a chance to discuss and work on all inconsistencies in the content of Tutors books, students’ handbooks and syllabuses so that they deliver according to expectations,” said Kaludzu.
According to Kaludzu, the reviewed IPTE curriculum will be ready for implementation by September next year.
MIE executive director William Susuwele Banda said during the symposium, participants will also come up with proposals that will add value to the education of primary school teachers and look at policies guiding the teacher education curriculum.
Susuwele Banda said key areas to be reviewed include those that will see the enhancement of early grade reading and writing in junior primary classes.
“There has been a general outcry that the country’s learners especially in public schools are reaching senior primary classes without being able to read or write, we are working on coming up with new methodologies aimed at addressing this challenge,” said Susuwele Banda.
Financially supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and GIZ the symposium drew participants from the Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb), education division managers, district education managers, the University of Malawi and representatives from the parliamentary committee on education among others.