VTCs should offer trades unique to regions: Kandjii-Murangi

15 Aug 2015 09:50am
RUNDU, 15 AUG (NAMPA) – The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi says Namibia’s vocational training centres (VTCs) must offer trades that are unique to the region they are located in.
Kandjii-Murangi made this statement during her meeting with the Kavango Regional Council’s Chief Regional Officer (CRO), Sebastian Kantema here on Thursday.
“Our VTCs should, besides the trades that are already there, look at what is the uniqueness of the region in terms of the natural resources that are there that can perhaps be developed into traits,” she said.
Kandjii-Murangi said her ministry will soon rebrand VTCs in order to dispel the negative perception of VTCs as “second class institutions for failures”.
The minister called upon the regions, communities and the nation at large to be aware of the fact that economies that are vibrant are anchored by vocational skills, which should be the same for Namibia.
The rebranding of VTCs could start towards the end of this year and will involve a number of stakeholders such as the VTCs themselves and the Namibia Training Authority.
Kandjii-Murangi said her ministry is also working on increasing the enrolment figures for VTCs, adding that she was tasked by President Hage Geingob to ensure that within the next two years, the enrolment at VTCs should be double that of the general education stream.
This is how it is in other countries, she said.
“As we speak we only have 15 000 students registered at VTCs countrywide. When you take the University of Namibia alone the number is somewhere in the region of 25 000 and if you add it to the Polytechnic of Namibia it’s even more,” she noted.
The minister said this means there is a serious shortage of artisans in Namibia.
“You can have an engineer but an engineer cannot do certain things. You need those who can fit pipes, those who can do things in between,” Kandjii-Murangi stated.