Brief History of CATS Department

The Department of Curriculum and Teaching Studies (CATS) was set up in 1988 to be responsible for subject specific teaching methodologies in the Faculty of Education. CATS started with an establishment of nine academic members of staff and one support staff member, but now it has fifteen specialists in the full range of secondary school teaching subjects, and two support members of staff. The academic staff work in three sections according to their specialisation: Language Education, Mathematics and Science Education, and Social Studies Education. The CATS academic staff has expertise in curriculum design and implementation; teaching and learning theories, subject specific teaching methodologies of the various subjects taught at secondary school level in Malawi. 


The Department shares the broad mission of Chancellor College which is to “create and share knowledge by engaging in teaching, research, consultancy and outreach activities as a responsive to the needs of Malawi and the region”

Core Business

The core business of CATS department is to “prepare and develop professional human resources required to support, sustain, review and revitalise the primary and secondary education sectors in Malawi”.

This mission is achieved through teaching, conducting basic and applied research and provision of consultancy services, in relation to the needs of Malawi and possibly Africa, in order to inform theory and practice in education. 

The department is also involved from time to time in the provision of continued professional development to all serving teachers, educational administrators and managers; and to provide profession advisory and consultancy services to individuals, educational institutions, government departments, ministries, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and related stakeholders involved with education. 

Current plans

The department plans to introduce PhD taught courses.

Future Plans

  • The sections in the department to devolve into stand alone departments.
  • To have a demonstration primary and secondary schools, for school based experience.

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