Education ministry to upscale vocational training

16 Aug 2016 14:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 16 AUG (NAMPA) – Higher Education Minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi is not entirely satisfied with the state of education in the country and hopes it changes with her ministry’s plan to transform higher education altogether.
She met with //Kharas local and regional authorities on Monday, updating them on Government’s plan to focus particularly on technical training as part of the Harambee Prosperity Plan over the next few years.
“Government invests heavily in education, but we have to ask why institutions do not yield the results commensurate with the national inputs,” said the minister.
Progress has been made on the academic front with the establishment of more tertiary institutions in the various regions, but a full overhaul is required in the field of technical training, Kandjii-Murangi said.
“Skills training and technological innovation is very important if we want to create jobs and transform the economy.”
She said that over the last year and a half since she took office, her ministry reviewed the functions of all its State-owned enterprises and consulted widely with local and international experts on technical training.
“Our main focus will be on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Six regions are without public vocational training institutions; we will have to change that if we want to be competitive as a country.”
The ministry is currently engaged in a scoping mission of technical schools looking to standardise curricula and assess the levels of education of instructors in the country.
“We also have to train additional instructors to make sure that a quality standard is maintained in the skills programme. We cannot just construct buildings without the technical expertise to teach our young people.”
Kandjii-Murangi said youth should position themselves to acquire requisite skills and strive to become productive and self-employed in their regions.
She called on local authorities to help Government with its goal to deliver more than 25 000 TVET graduates across the regions by 2020.
“Let us enrol them like never before. Vocation shoulders development. We need our own technical expertise, artisans, and craftsmen to drive our economy.”