More and detailed information about the centre to be available on its upcoming official centre website.
The Centre for Education Training and Research (CERT) was established in 1991 and is housed in the Faculty of Education. CERT was until 1995 a Ministry of Education/University of Malawi Project funded through the World Bank Second Education Sector Credit. After 1995 CERT became fully incorporated into the university system as one of the research centres under the Faculty of Education. It specializes in conducting research in education and related fields. CERT carries out policy oriented research and consultancies in education to inform the Government (particularly the Ministry of Education), donor agencies and NGOs interested in education and related fields.
The Centre conducts research and evaluation using both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and has extensive experience in participatory research methodologies, modelling of education data using simulation models; analysis of large and complex data, evaluation and impact studies.
CERT endeavours to keep Educational planners and the public well informed on key issues of education in Malawi.
Areas of research at CERT include studies on the quality of primary and secondary education, financing of education in Malawi, the role and effectiveness of privately schools, the place of local community participants and school governance, teacher education in Malawi and its impact on schooling, resource allocation within schools and its effect on learning, class size and impact on achievement, educational management information systems, school mapping, human rights, Education and democracy, AIDS and education, and the role of tertiary education.