Training in Science Laboratory (fourth cohort-2021-2022)

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

P.O. Box 565, Zomba, Malawi Email: sdi4malawi@gmail.com

Mobile:  +265  (0) 881 775278     / +265 (0) 996 963 770

20th  September,  2021

TRAINING IN SCIENCE LABORATORY (fourth cohort-2021-2022)

Start date:  18th October,  2021

INVITATION TO NEW APPLICANTS AND REPEATERS

New  applicants  MAY  still be considered  ONLY  IF they  are not  from  Blantyre,  Zomba, Lilongwe  and Mzuzu  (we already  have  many).  Apply  by  sending  your  letter  indicating your home district and certificate  by whatsapp to 0884071765  /0884244166/0881775278 or email tosdi4malawi@gmail.com.  Minimum  requirement  remains  an MSCE  certificate with at passes  in three  science  subjects  at least one of which  must  be a credit pass.  Use same contact  details  for any enquiries.  This is a special  arrangement,  hence  you will pay application  fee only when your application  is successful  and when you report  for classes. Those  who  reserved   a  place  during  the  previous   cohort  should  also  send  a  letter  for confirmation,  otherwise  their spaces will be filled.

ARRIVAL  ARRANGEMENTS

Skills Development Initiative  will  again use Malawi  College  of Health  Sciences-Zomba Campus for these training  sessions. Malawi  College of Health  Sciences-Zomba   Campus is located close to Zomba Central Hospital  and Opposite Zomba Works Training  Centre. You are advised to arrive in Zomba by 17th October 2021 for you to have time to settle down at your accommodation   venue before commencement   of classes on the next day. A timetable for  the  first  week   shall  be  made  available  to  you  on  the  first  day  of  classes  durin~ orientation.  Zomba  in general  is a safe city.  But some  unforeseen  circumstances   are not unexpected.  You are therefore  advised to avoid arriving at night. As is usually our tradition, you  are  also  advised  to  communicate   to  any  our  official  numbers   in  the  case  of  any problems

ACCOMMODATION  FACILITIES

There are many options for accommodation  in Zomba. However  we do not recommend  our students  to find accommodation   which  is substandard  or whose  security  is compromised. Therefore  you are advised  to contact  any of our officials  to help you with accommodation options not later than  10th  October, 2021.

FEES AND REGISTRATION

You  will  be  required   to  register   during  the  first  week  using  your  original   certificate (MSCE) and proof of payment  of at least half (MK120,   000) of the total tuition fees. Please present  the ORIGINAL  deposit  slip for you to receive  the registration  form. Registration will cover a period  of ONE week.

OTHER COSTS

You  are  expected  to  have  your  own  labcoat  (acid  resistant)   and  safety  goggles  before commencement   of using  the  laboratories.   This  will  start  from  the  end  of the  month  of November.  In order to maintain  uniformity  and quality,  you will therefore  be required  to buy these  2 items  at a cost ofK15,   OOO.OO.Youwill need to use them  during  attachment segment.  You will also need a shoe that covers the whole  foot. Other safety materials  will be provided  during laboratory  operations.

Note that due to covid-19  and anticipated  weather,  duration  of contact  hours per day will be reduced. However,  we shall ensure that you have all the needed electronic teaching notes and hard  copies  in study  groups.  Where  possible,  other  modes  of teaching  shall also be encouraged   to  increase   interaction   between   lecturers   and  students   out  of  class  time: Scientific  calculators  are also recommended.

ATTACHMENT SEGMENT

Attachment  of students  to various  laboratories  across the country  will  start in April,  after completion   and  passing  of examinations.   The  attachment  will  be  for  a period  of 3 – 4 months .

TRAINING  SEQUENCE

  • Theory  coverage
  • Practical
  • Examinations   (both written  and Oral)
  • ONlY those who will have an OVERALL  pass grade proceed  for attachment.