James Aristarko Banda is one of the new teachers at Andiamo Secondary School. A holder of Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious studies and also a specialist teacher for the deaf.
1. Who is James Aristarko Banda?
I was born on 17th August 1958. I am a married man with two sons: one is at Zomba Theological College and the other one at Chilangoma Teachers Training College. I joined teaching in 1984 and I have been teaching for more than 16 years now.
2. What made you choose this career?
At first I joined the Medical training as a medical assistant in 1981. After studying for 2 years, I lost interest in Medical theory and my interest went to teaching. In 1982 I went to Lilongwe Teachers Training College.
My interest in teaching is big. I like working with young people and I also enjoy very much to see that a student is able to do something from a low level to a higher level.
3. What made you come here at Andiamo Secondary School?
I retired on 31st August, 2011 as a civil servant but I was really interested with the place and the way education is being handled here.
4. Which subjects are you teaching and what can you say about the campus?
I am teaching Bible Knowledge and Life skills. To talk about the campus, the school has got a very good environment for learners. As an experienced teacher, the way I have seen the environment here, learners can achieve a lot if we can maintain the standards as they are.
Classes are spacious enough, the administration itself is really eager to help the children and the teachers themselves the way I have seen is a hardworking team with the aim of helping child to do well.
5. You have taught in several schools in Malawi, what is your experience in teaching?
My experience is quite big because I started as a primary school teacher. I was a headmaster at Mua and Mary View Schools for the deaf.
There are a lot of challenges in teaching and most of the times the challenge can come in when your students are not doing well and you meet a lot of criticism but when they are doing well you are impressed.
6. What is the secret behind your success?
The fear of God, one has to be a devoted Christian, follow Christian standards and from there you see yourself progressing in life.
7. What can be your advice to your fellow teachers?
We have to be dedicated, work hard and plan our work for the day with the aim of helping the child. With that we can help to boust up Andiamo Campus.