Government woes hit VTC graduations

23 May 2019 | Education

Graduation ceremonies at government vocational training centres have been placed on hold since last year, because of ongoing economic woes.

This is according to Rundu Vocational Training Centre (RVTC) manager Kornelius Lukas, who was responding to complaints raised by trainees who have completed their courses, and are now seeking answers about why there is no talk of a graduation ceremony taking place this year.

Lukas explained that last year all centres received a directive from the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) that no graduation ceremonies should be hosted due to financial reasons and this was communicated to the trainees. He added the directive said trainees who have completed their courses should only receive certificates and use their skills in the market.

“Last year we did not have a graduation ceremony for the trainees because of the directive from head office in Windhoek.

This directive is implemented throughout the country at all the government centres, and not just at Rundu,” Lukas said.

He said graduations were always among the list of activities for vocational training centres, but unfortunately the directive has to be implemented.

Lukas urged the trainees to accept the situation, as the most important thing was acquiring their qualifications, and not being part of graduation ceremonies.

“The most important thing is for the graduates to get their qualifications and enter the various industries with their skills. As long as you have the paper, you are certified,” he said.