LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The spread of Coronavirus across the global has given an opportunity in excelling other model of learning including open distance with little costs to implement.
The global pandemic, Covid-19 that encourages social distance has necessitated distance learning that serves classroom congestion which needs to be encouraged.
Mishek Munthali, Teacher Education and Development Director in the Ministry of Education observes that despite Covid-19 striking hard countries economy, the pandemic has given the sector to explore other ways of learning.
Munthali disclosed that with the pandemic experience the ministry will soon fully establish directorate for open distance learning.
In distance learning radios, internet facilities (computers, mobile phones, tablets) are used to transmit lessons without physical teacher-student or pupil contact.
He was speaking during the sidelines of World Teachers Day commemoration’s radio panel discussion on October 9, 2020.
But the day is commemorated yearly on October 5 whose this year’s theme titled, Teachers: Leading in Crisis, Reimagining the Future”.
With funding from USAID and UKAID through LGAP the panel discussion attracted civil education activist and government officials.
“The pandemic has challenged us to explore other model of learning that were not utilized including open distance learning. This is another area government will invest much for full operation.
“The ministry understands challenges teachers are facing amid Covid-19. We will address their concerns while exploring others means of advancing quality education in Malawi,” says Munthali.
Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) Executive Director Benedicto Kondowe observes that teachers have gone through tough time to meet their social needs during the pandemic.
Kondowe therefore urged government to motivate teachers including meeting their arrears demands.
“About 40,000 teachers are yet to be promoted while 25,000 teachers need to be given arrears. Teachers need to awarded annually for outstanding work displaying. These are some of ways government can motivate teachers apart from good salaries,” urges Kondowe.
World Teachers’ Day is held annually on October 5 to commemorate the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO recommendation which sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, teaching and learning conditions.