Kandjii-Murangi calls for TVET transformation

04 February 2019 | Education

Higher education, training and innovation minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi has urged vocational training institutions to do away with irrelevant courses and focus on training that can bring about industrial transformation and economic growth.

Kandjii-Murangi made the statement at a meeting with the managers of all state vocational training centres on 24 January.

She told them to be researchers, finding out what works best in the areas where the centres are located.

She expressed concern over some training centres that allegedly refuse to register students who cannot pay registration fees.

“This should not be the case because all vocational training institutions are funded by the government. The economic downturn which is experienced by the country is also a challenge to parents, thus denying trainees registration should not be allowed,” Kandjii-Murangi said.

She also expressed concern about the high dropout rate at vocational training centres.

“One trainee who is lost due to dropout is one too many and centres should put in place mechanisms to avoid dropouts. I therefore emphasise that vocational training educators should ensure that trainees who enrol for vocational training continue until graduation,” she said. Kandjii-Murangi told the centre managers that courses offered at vocational training institutions should be diversified, so that graduates could continue to work even if their specific trade is phased out or is no longer in demand.

“This means vocational training centres should devise and find innovative ways to ... introduce trades or courses that are relevant to the current needs of the labour market. This also implies that those courses that are no longer relevant should be replaced by new ones.”

Skilled trainers to offer these new courses are in short supply though, she said.

“To mitigate some of the challenges related to human resources capital the higher education ministry, the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) and the Namibian University of Science and Technology (Nust) have embarked on a programme to upskill trainers. This certificate/diploma should be seen as ... crucial for the TVET sector when it comes to capacity development,” Kandjii-Murangi said.

The minister believes that the country cannot continue to have trainers trained in other countries and needs to develop its own programme that suits the needs of the country. She emphasised that a training programme like that of Nust should be developed further and customised so that it becomes sustainable. Kandjii-Murangi also highlighted concerns related to job placement for graduates.

She said some training centres send trainees for three or four months' job attachment, while others send them for six months or more.

“Vocational training institutions should be in touch or coordinate with other stakeholders to figure out what are the current needs in the labour market. For example, bricklayers at vocational centres can be attached to the government's mass housing project for their job attachment,” she said.

ILENI NANDJATO

Similar News

 

Truekrav hosts GBV talk

17 hours ago | Education

Truekrav Namibia, in cooperation with the Namibian Women’s Society and Kosmos, hosted a gender-based violence (GBV) talk on Thursday at the NG Church in Pioneers...

Radio: The theatre of the mind

17 hours ago | Education

Elizabeth JosephOn 13 February UNESCO celebrated the eight edition of World Radio Day under the theme ‘Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace’.On this day people around the...

Medical graduates settle until appeal

17 hours ago | Education

Foreign trained medical graduates protesting a pre-internship test they failed in November 2018, which they criticised as unfair and discriminatory and want annulled, have reached...

Hostel a threat to lives

4 days ago - 15 February 2019 | Education

The Kavango West education directorate continues to subsidise a dilapidated church hostel at Nkurenkuru, despite a 2010 directive by the health ministry that it must...

Oneeya classes resume

4 days ago - 15 February 2019 | Education

Oneeya Combined School learners in the Omusati Region's Okalongo constituency resumed classes yesterday, after a boycott initiated by parents on Tuesday.Omusati education director Laban Shapange...

Oneeya parents withdraw children from school

5 days ago - 14 February 2019 | Education

Parents of Oneeya Combined School learners on Tuesday withdrew their children from classes until further notice, following the removal of grade 10 classes from the...

Think before you post

1 week ago - 12 February 2019 | Education

Elizabeth JosephOn the 5 February, Safe Internet Day (SID) was celebrated. The event was held under the leadership of the Ministry of Gender Equality and...

Unam top brass vie for Nust post

1 week ago - 08 February 2019 | Education

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) will today conduct interviews that will pave the way for the appointment of a successor to long-serving...

School celebrates N$750k bus

1 week ago - 06 February 2019 | Education

Parents and learners at Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo Senior Secondary School, who attended the school since 2012, have raised over N$750 000 to buy a...

Containerised classroom inaugurated

2 weeks ago - 05 February 2019 | Education

Michelline Nawatises“The Good Samaritan in the Bible teaches us a few important lessons. This man was moved by compassion. He stopped, while others focused on...

Latest News

Ondangwa creates 'home' for illegal...

17 hours ago | Government

ONDANGWA – The Ondangwa Town Council plans to relocate over 100 illegal settlers from Uutala to the Onantsi area, where it recently serviced 120 plots.Uutala...

Gold at two-week high on...

17 hours ago | Business

Gold prices rose to their strongest level in more than two weeks yesterday as the US dollar weakened on hopes the United States and China...

Noordoewer seeking status as a...

17 hours ago | Government

NOORDOEWER – The councillor of the Karasburg West Constituency, Paulus Ephraim, has urged government to consider proclaiming the settlement of Noordoewer a town as the...

No retrenchments at ODC, NDC

17 hours ago | Government

The head of the newly established Namibia Industrialisation Development Agency (NIDA), Uparura Kuvare, says no staff members of the former Offshore Development Company (ODC) and...

Drought fear looms large

17 hours ago | Disasters

ELLANIE SMIT Namibia faces a 150 000-tonne grain shortfall by the end of April this year, as...

Two in court after record...

17 hours ago | Justice

ILENI NANDJATO Northern businessmen Paavo Hatutale (47) and co-accused Nicodemus Shekunyenge (21) appeared before the Ohangwena Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with...

No limits for Doeseb

17 hours ago | People

Michelline Nawatises Axali Doeseb has been playing ice hockey since 2003.Every day after school he would jump the Tagesheim aftercare centre’s fence to watch...

The weight of expectation

17 hours ago | Columns

A huge weight of expectation will undoubtedly rest on political leaders vying for office later this year. While there is a sense that the current...

The lack of sexual ideology...

17 hours ago | Columns

Justicia Shipena Not only does thinking about sex matter, it matters more to humanity than sex in itself. There are many instances of the...

Load More