Malawi announced free primary education (FPE) in 1994 soon after the
transition to multiparty democracy. As a result, numbers enrolled in
primary schools increased rapidly from about 1.9 million to 2.8 million,
creating an unprecedented demand for new teachers. The Malawi government
responded by introducing an emergency training programme for newly
recruited untrained teachers. The existing full-time pre-career
College-based training system was replaced by the Malawi Integrated
In-Service Teacher Education Programme (MIITEP), which remains the only
method of training primary teachers.
This programme of research was designed to explore different aspects of
MIITEP within the framework provided by the Multi-Site Teacher Education
Project (MUSTER). The Centre for Educational Research and Training
(CERT) in Zomba designed an extensive programme of data collection and
analysis to explore the characteristics of those participating in
MIITEP, their experiences of the training programme both in College and
in school, their reflections post-training once they had become
qualified, and supply and demand and cost issues.
Educational Paper No. 49d, DFID, London, UK, ISBN 1 86192 548 4, 126 pp.
Primary teacher education in Malawi: insights into practice and policy. Multi-Site Teacher Education Research Project (MUSTER). Country Report Three