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.