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close this bookReport on Reading in English in Primary Schools in Malawi - Education Research Paper No. 04 (DFID, 1993, 56 p.)
close this folder2. Malawi: Primary education
View the document2.1 Structure
View the document2.2 General background
View the document2.3 Statistical information
View the document2.4 Teacher training

2.4 Teacher training

Trained teachers in primary schools have for the most part been trained according to one of the following:

i) Teacher training colleges which offer a two year full-time course. There are seven such colleges.

ii) an intensive one-year full time programme (only offered at Domasi TT: scheduled to end in 1993, but may continue)

iii) a three-year sandwich course (vacations only) entitled Malawi Special Teacher Education Programme (MASTEP) run by Teacher Training Colleges during vacations.

Teachers gradings/qualifications are as follows:


Primary School Leaving Certificate (PSLC) + 2 years TT (phased out 1970)


Junior Certificate (JC, 2nd year secondary exam) + 2 yrs TT


Malawi Certificate of Education (MCE, 4th yr exam) + 2 yrs TT


(promotion grade especially for head teachers)

Diploma: from various sources (in 1989 there were only 30 such teachers in primary schools).