Report on vocational education released

14 Sep 2016 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 14 SEP (NAMPA) – A report on the policy review of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and higher education and innovation was launched by the line ministry on Tuesday.
Launched by the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation in the capital, the report provides a clear picture of TVET, higher education and innovation while highlighting how they underpin the approach of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) and can become tools for social and economic development.
It was drafted after Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi, asked the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) to conduct a scoping mission with the aim of assisting the new ministry, established in 2015, in developing policies and programmes related to its mandate by assessing the current status of VET, higher education and innovation.
The scoping mission was also conducted to identify strategic priorities and proposing alternative interventions responding to those priorities.
Speaking at the launch, Kandjii-Murangi cautioned stakeholders in higher education, saying they have to act swiftly to realise the implementation of the recommendations in the scoping assessment report.
“As I release the report, work starts for all of us stakeholders in the education and training sector,” she said, noting that her ministry will study the findings of the report, develop a work-plan with clear timelines and set out strategies to implement the recommendations.
According to the report, there is a need for a thorough review of national policies, to which the present assessment aims to contribute.
The Namibia VET Policy 2005, it explains, took important steps towards developing a Namibian system with important achievements, including the network of VET providers, regulating institutions and partnerships with the private sector.
However, the initial diagnosis and design overlooked important issues such as the competing challenges of expanding the system and improving quality, as well as the identification of the right incentives to promote stakeholder involvement, particularly among employers, in the VET policy implementation process.
It further noted that it is time to review the mandates of regulatory agencies such as the Namibia Training Authority; Namibia Qualifications Authority; Namibia Council for Higher Education; and the Namibia Commission for Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) to remove the overlaps and inconsistencies, and to consolidate responsibility for policy-setting at ministry level, while maintaining the autonomy of the oversight agencies.