Chakwera for increased teaching staff; set to recruit 5000 more teachers this year

By Cedric Nkungula

President Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera led administration will this financial year recruit 5,000 Grade TI and TJ secondary school teachers.

The new teachers will be deployed to various schools including the 66 newly built secondary schools.

The president revealed the good news on Monday 29th January 2024 at Mkanga Community Day Secondary School in Salima at the official hand over of 66 of the 89 secondary schools constructed under the Secondary Education Expansion for Development (SEED) Project which is being funded by American Government.

Speaking at the function, the Malawi leader said good education is not only about good facilities but also about good teaching.

Chakwera at Mkanga Community Day Secondary School

“But every person here knows that a good education is about more than good facilities. It is about good teaching. This is why my administration has invested heavily in expanding the teacher base by increasing the teaching staff by 50 percent, adding 13,000 teachers to the staff roll.

“Apart from increasing the quantity, we also want to increase the quality of teaching and that includes improving the conditions of service for teachers and school administrators.

“For example, we have moved the six Education Division Managers from Grade E/P4 to Grade E/P3, while the Head Teachers of the 21 big secondary schools have been upgraded to Principal Head Teacher level at Grade E/P4.

“Additionally, my administration is recruiting 5,000 Grade TI and TJ secondary school teachers that will be deployed to various secondary schools, including the newly built schools within this financial year,” he said.

The SEED partnership aims at increasing access of girls to Secondary Schools through expansion of existing schools in urban areas and construction of new ones in rural areas countrywide.