Using cluster meeting to reduce learner isolation and improve cohort completion rates of the Distance Teacher Upgrading Programme in Malawi
This paper was presented at the Distance Education and Teacher's Training in Africa (DETA) 2009 Conference, August 2009, Ghana. A distance education programme must be instituted with an appropriate support system for learners to individually achieve the goals they set prior to enrolling for the programme. This is especially true of a teacher training programme which is often introduced with the intention of training teachers while allowing them to teach at the 3 same time. Such a programme ensures that teacher shortfall and quality in deprived schools are addressed at the same time and avoids the cost of replacing teachers who would have gone on full time education (UNESCO, 2002). Because the training is linked to career progression, it is not surprising that an upgrading programme tends to enjoy high patronage with potential candidates always competing for places to improve their career prospects. The candidates that get into the programme usually have the greatest desire to succeed to move to the next level of their employment ladder. It is, therefore, important to ensure that the learner-support system provided for an ODL teacher training programme maximizes on the number of learners that successfully complete the programme.
Elias W. J. Chakwera
Distance Education and Teacher Education in Africa DETA Conference 2009
distance education Distance Teacher Learner Isolation ODL programme Secondary teachers