VTC students might start fixing school furniture

15 Aug 2015 14:40pm
RUNDU, 15 AUG (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation will soon make a submission to Cabinet for fourth year joinery and carpentry students at Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) to repair broken furniture in government schools.
The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi said this when she met with the Kavango Regional Council (KRC)’s Chief Regional Officer (CRO) Sebastian Kantema and the council’s management here on Thursday.
“There should be no reason why schools around this area should have broken desks when you have third or fourth year students who can actually address this,” she said.
Kandjii-Murangi said this would mean government would spend less on procuring furniture while the trainees will gain practical experience which they need for their studies.
Her statement was also a response to the Director of Finance and Administration of the KRC, Ludwig Thikusho who told her that VTC students face problems, particularly those who form companies and approach banks or the regional council for funding when they graduate.
“As a result of the perception that many financial institutions have that VTCs are of a lower standard than other streams of education, they have trouble securing tenders or receiving funding,” he said.
Thikusho, who was very frank about the issue, said he too sits on the Regional Tender Board and because of this perception also at times doubts whether he can give work to VTC graduates without compromising on quality and standards.
He said if the ministry could rectify this, the country could move forward and make strides in eradicating poverty.
Kandjii-Murangi stated that she likes the idea of cooperatives and thus encouraged VTC students to form groups if they know they only have one year left before graduation.
“Group yourselves together, you do not necessarily have to be in the same trade. Go to the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) to get started,” she said.
The minister said her aim is to try to make it possible for those who graduate, if they are identified to be good, to be appointed as sub-contractors to big companies that get tenders.
“This is what we are aiming to do,” she said.