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Initiative to curb teachers` shortage in pipeline

29th March 2012
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ACDE Executive Board President Prof Tolly Mbwette

Senior academicians and vice-chancellors of distance learning educational institutions in Africa under the auspices of the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) have resolved to curb teachers’ shortage in the content presently standing at 3.6 million.

The resolve to that end was reached at a three-day meeting held in Dar es Salaam recently, during which participants also underscored a need for smart partnership among stakeholders in order to curb the problem seriously.

According to ACDE Executive Board President Prof Tolly Mbwette, the challenge of teachers’ shortage called for smart partnership in addressing the problem.

He was briefing journalists yesterday in Dar es Salaam shortly after returning from the meeting that was held in Zanzibar.

Prof Mbwette said that participants at the meeting expressed commitment to adequately deal with the problem.

Earlier, when opening the ACDE Executive Board, Zanzibar Minister Abdallah Ramadhan Shaban said exploitation of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode of education delivery through collaboration was very gratifying and befitting.

He said the drive towards using the ODL mode of education delivery through collaboration "is very gratifying", adding, "...we shall expect an increased enrolment of teachers in the future which is in line with the aspirations of the OAU Second Decade of Education working on convenient techniques of exploitation of ODL to reduce the deficit of teachers, in terms of number and quality."

In his remarks, ACDE executive director Prof Mutale Musonda reminded the participants of the vision, mission, goals and objectives of Council, saying it was a unifying body of ODL institutions.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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