21 Aug 2013 10:00
OSHAKATI, 21 AUG (NAMPA) - Education Minister Dr David Namwandi has called on Valombola Vocational Training Centre (VVTC) students at Ongwediva, who planned to protest because of insufficient training resources at the centre, to refrain from doing so.
Namwandi made the call at Oshakati where he met with some of the students, acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Namibia Training Authority (NTA), Anna Hipondoka, and the management of the VVTC on Monday.
Students planned a protest against the management of the centre this week. They claimed during the meeting that their training centre lacks training resources, saying there will be no training aids even if they do not boycott and continue with normal classes.
They see the lack of resources as hindering progress in their vocational training. The automotive students are said to be affected the most as the centre has thus far failed to secure level three training for them for their course.
Some of us have already registered for level three as we were asked to during our level two training in the last academic year, but there is no indication yet that we are going to be offered training in level three, one of the students charged.
Hipondoka admitted at the meeting that the level three training for the automotive students was never offered at the centre, and because of the absence of an automotive workshop and the required equipment, the centre will not be able to offer the said level for the next two to three years.
Students are currently advised to go for job attachments after completing their level two training to obtain work experience, or to seek opportunities at other vocational training centres which offer level three training.
Namwandi promised the students that his ministry and the NTA will look into their plight, and said it is unacceptable for the VVTC to not be in a position to offer the level of training students are demanding.
We are going to expand the vocational training. Just go back to classes or go for attachment to obtain experience while we are looking into your plight, the minister told the students.