01 Sep 2016 13:50pm
OPUWO, 01 SEP (NAMPA) The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation is in the Kunene Region to look into possibilities of setting up a vocational training centre in the region.
Itah Kandjii-Murangi said the Harambee Prosperity Plan requires Namibia to work on increasing vocational training because there is a shortage of technical skills in the country.
The plan, launched by President Hage Geingob in April this year, is Government's action plan towards prosperity for all.
It, among others, stipulates that Government will refurbish an existing building in the Kunene Region before the end of the year to be used as a VTC.
During the ministers interaction with members of the community in Opuwo on Wednesday morning, a variety of possible places to be refurbished were mentioned.
Tjakazapi Mbunguha suggested that the ministry should consult the Agriculture Ministry for its centre at Otjisokotjongava outside Opuwo because it is currently underutilised.
His motivation was that it is outside town and students will focus on their training rather than other things such as alcohol abuse, which is considered to be a big problem in the region.
Mutuurua Kakuva from Otuvero village proposed that some old buildings at Orumana could be used for the centre.
However, the Ministry of Works and Transports Head in the Kunene Region, Joshua Rukoro said given the time frame in which the ministry wants to set up a VTC, it should rather acquire a piece of land and construct a centre.
It will not be easy to negotiate with other existing institutions for their infrastructure. It may take us another two decades to have this dream realised should we take the route of negotiation, Rukoro warned.
Another issue of concern raised with Kandjii-Murangi was who would be eligible for vocational training.
The minister responded that there will be two streams of training: formal and informal.
The formal stream will cater for those who are directly from school, while the second stream will recognise prior learning or experience, she explained.
Higher Education Ministry Deputy Permanent Secretary, Dr Raimo Naanda, who accompanied the minister, said the ministry is considering flexible training approaches, whereby students intellectual strengths will determine how fast or slow they finish their studies.