Alinafe S. Milanzi : Student

My name is Alinafe S. Milanzi. A third-year African Languages and Linguistics student at MAGU. I can proudly say that my life and way of thinking has transformed positively over the past three years. I have met a variety of people amongst my Lecturers and fellow students and they have shaped my life in one way or the other. These People have taught me, directly and indirectly, the value of life and how to make the best out of it. 

In terms of socialization, I have leant to interact with a variety of people on campus. These have played a pivotal role in shaping me into who I am. Through these interactions, I have learnt to be confident and have a high sense of Value. With this newly gained confidence, I believe I can achieve my goals through focus and a great determination to do so.

As an educator in training, I have professionally gained a lot of knowledge from my Lecture’s at the University. I have learnt to be an effective teacher who is also a role model to both the learners and the community at large, a good parent, and a good employee. I have learnt that this can only be achieved through the display of well-mannered behaviours in the classroom such as honesty, hard work, generosity, friendliness, and being considerate to the learners and the community. In addition to this, it is my responsibility to be organized, disciplined, insightful and committed to the teaching profession. Thus, I have to display a positive attitude towards the educational system and the teaching profession as well as towards a particular teaching task, type of learner and the curriculum. 

My spiritual life has also been shaped through the Biblically related courses offered at the institution. I believe the skills and lessons that I have acquired from these courses will help me in the workplace when the time arises. 

The University educational system, in general, has pushed me not just to be a hard worker but a smart worker so much that the more I think of the school work to be done, the more it pushes me to read and study widely, making sure am writing as well as submitting the assignments in good time.  This surely proves this institution has well trained, committed and hardworking Lecturers who play a very big role in making sure that the students succeed and do well in their studies.

To me, MAGU is amongst Universities producing the best students, effectively and efficiently trained for various industries.  MAGU aims at producing students who will be excellent in their respective jobs. Furthermore, MAGU also aims at producing students who have the ability and the capacity to apply what they have learnt at school beyond in their workplaces including their personal lives. At the core, MAGU aims to produce students who are innovative, great decision-makers and creative thinkers. Students who are influential, who will bring change and impact to society.



Goal of the Programme

The undergraduate teaching programs offered at MAGU stream out of two tracks, either through the Bachelor of Education (ARTS) or through the Bachelor of Education (Sciences). The programs offered under these tracks are designed to prepare undergraduate students for careers in teaching and management of both public and private schools under the education sector. The goal is to offer knowledge and skills in secondary school teaching with five specialization areas to a broad spectrum of students of Malawi, SADC, and the Eastern African region and beyond.

Mode of Delivery of the Programme

MAGU utilizes four delivery systems in the programme: full-time (day programme), an evening (& Weekend) programme, an inter-term programme, and independent studies.

Full-Time Programme
Full-time students attend MAGU in the day programme. The day programme is established on a semester system consisting of two seven-week long blocks interspaced by a mid-term week recess. Full-time students may also take advantage of the Evening or Inter-term programmes and occasional independent courses as allowed by the DVC-A’s Office.
Evening Programme

MAGU offers a multi-stream evening programme which meets on the MAGU Campus two nights per week. Courses meet either on Monday and Thursday evenings or on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Courses begin at 5:30 PM and conclude at 8:30 PM. They run for a period of 25 days, the Final Exam being given on the last day of class.

Inter-Term Programme

The Inter-Term Programme is designed to give busy professionals the opportunity to attend classes at MAGU in a short-block format. Courses are structured to meet for a period of 6 or 7 days depending on their credit value. Students may take up to 6 courses per year in the short-block format and the remaining courses are given as independents.

Independent Courses

MAGU allows students to take accredited independent studies when necessitated by schedule or other conflicts. Independent study courses will be assigned at the approval of the DVC-A.

Student Assessments

Continuous assessment shall be a part of a student’s assessment throughout his/her degree programme. Reading, mid-term examinations, assignments, projects, research papers, quizzes, class presentations, practical work, etc., will be included in the calculation of the student’s final mark for a given course. The course instructor will determine the appropriate composition of the continuous assessment assignments. The various forms of continuous assessments will represent 60% of the student’s final course grade.

  • Over the-Semester Papers
    The student write at least four short papers of not more than four pages in the space of 14 weeks.
  • Quizzes schedule
    The Students write four Quizzes over the space of 14 weeks at the average rate of three weeks.
  • Project
    The required project tasks the student to demonstrate an ability to apply the principles taught in the course. This work gives them valuable practical experience in using the knowledge gained. The project is worth 20 percent of your final grade and must be submitted to your lecture before taking the final examination. (The Project Instructions are supposed to be written separate from this outline).
  • Mid Semester Examinations
    The Mid Semester Examinations is technically regarded as part of the continuous assignment. The Exam will carry a total of 20% of the total grade of a student.
  • Final Semester Examinations
    In addition to continuous assessment, a final examination shall be administered at the end of each course. The total points will be added to the continuous assessment in order to determine the student’s final grade for the course. These exams are evaluated by the department both for its format and its assessment standards. They are proctored in the last week of the Semester. The end of course assessment (Final Examination) will represent 40% of the student’s final course grade.

Course Grade
Your grade for a three-credit course is based on the following categories of assessments

Final examination 40%
At Least Four Bi-Weekly Quiz Exams 10%
At Least Four Small Papers 10%
Mid Term Examination 20%
Semester-long Course Project 20%

Total Credits Offered for the Program and General Information
The Bachelor of Education program (s) is a broad-based program albeit with specific ingredients making it unique, versatile and dynamic to facilitate knowledge acquisition and the mastery of skills necessary to equip students for their vocation. Each concentration has the following components of the curriculum which are further demonstrated in the table below:

  • aMAGU Distinctive Common Core Curriculum: 30 credit hours spread in the total duration of the program. These are shown in the frontal side of this manual.
  • Foundation Courses introducing a student to a university system and to their concentrations. These are set in the first year of the University program.
  • Educational foundation courses: These courses establish a solid foundation for their career. They are offered to all Students spread in all the four years.
  • Concentration (Specialization): Courses specifically aligned to grow their skills for their vocation.
  • Research Courses: that forces students to postulate solutions to challenges within their industries.
  • Elective Courses: from time to time and whenever necessary courses from the Electives to supplement what is offered within various concentrations over the duration of the program.
  • Students seeking to be secondary school teachers enroll for either a Bachelor of Education (Arts) or a Bachelor of Education (Science) in the following specific concentrations within the Department of Education:

Bachelor of Education (Arts)
Under this track, students can select from the following major program options:

  • Religious Education
  • History
  • English
  • Social studies

Social studies
Students must select the two teaching subjects from the following options:

  • Mathematics.
  • Information Communication and Technology (ICT)