09 Mar 2016 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 09 MAR (NAMPA) - The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation has warned against institutions that fleece unsuspecting trainees of thousands of dollars, only to close down for unspecified reasons.
Itah Kandjii-Murangi said this while addressing training providers at the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) training providers forum that commenced in the capital on Wednesday.
We do not want this to happen. If someone opens a training centre, they must already have thought it through. If you are still trying to put your building blocks in place, do not start the institution.
The minister added there are also institutions that charge exorbitant fees, but offer cheap and ineffective training, leaving trainees without proper skills to enter the job market.
Namibians, particularly the youth, she said are eager to learn and eager to take whatever training avenue opens for them. She therefore called on the training providers to not deceive the youth, the country and themselves by opening up institutions that are sub-standard.
Kandjii-Murangi further noted there are institutions run by unqualified trainers and unqualified managers and owners.
I will probably forgive the unqualified trainers but as for the unqualified managers and owners, there is no excuse. If you do not have the right building blocks in terms of expertise, curriculum, registration and accreditation of your programmes, do not start.
She announced that her ministry through the NTA will in future provide training to unqualified and under-qualified trainers already in the system and working at recognised, registered and accredited service providers.
Kandjii-Murangi also said there are institutions that provide training in areas for which there is no market demand, meaning that people with skills in those areas remain redundant in the market.
She therefore advised the service providers to do annual or bi-annual surveys on their different trades and try to look at the rate of absorption of their students into the job market.
The sixth training providers forum is an annual event that brings together representatives from credible technical and vocational training institutions and partners.
This year, the forum is taking place under the theme Collectively raising the bar in vocational education and training.