Mr Speaker, as I was saying, the intendment of this Bill is to provide improvement in the quality of teaching. If that happens, certainly, it will impact on the education of pupils and students. And because of the improvement in their own abilities and competencies, it will urge the teachers to remain in the classrooms and so, the rate of retention of teachers in the classrooms would appreciate considerably. But certainly, once their capacities are built, it comes necessarily with upping their remunerations, certainly, it will have an impact on our budget-
If we are talking about building capacities and competence of teachers, I believe necessarily, some restrictions will be imposed on entry into these institutions. That is something that we should factor in.
That being the case, Mr Speaker, if we are not careful, it will restrict the number of students who would enter these institutions. Yes, the professional teachers, it is something that we should consider- Already, the number in the system, 3 8‘, is not encouraging enough and if by elevating them to tertiary institutions, we are going to further restrict entry into those institutions, we may have to look at it. Ultimately, we should work towards increasing the numbers of such institutions-
For now, we are looking for qualitative improvement, which is good but we should also aim at increasing the numbers of such institutions; otherwise, as I have said, if already we are going to restrict
entry into these institutions, 38, not as many as we desire, it may consequentially affect the number of teachers who may come out. This is my worry. The principle is understood but I think ultimately, we should work to broaden the horizon, the number of teachers to be employed; otherwise, in the short to medium-term, we should work to expand, the infrastructure in these institutions to accommodate many more applicants while taking steps not to lower standards.
Mr Speaker, with these not too many words, l would also want to lend my support to the Motion.