CORRECTION: Namibian envoy to assess Loudima situation

13 Nov 2016 11:10am
CORRECTING INFORMATION IN SECOND SENTENCE TO READ 'Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Stanley Simataa' AND NOT 'Secretary to Cabinet, George Simataa' AS IN PREVIOUS STORY.

WINDHOEK, 12 NOV (NAMPA) – A high level committee will soon be sent to Congo-Brazzaville to discuss and assess the challenges faced by the Namibian student community at the Loudima Institute for Technical and Vocational Training (LITVT).
This was announced by Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Stanley Simataa during a media conference here on Friday.
This is after some 100 students returned to Namibia in June this year, amidst complaints of unbearable academic and living conditions at the institute.
Some of the complaints of the students, from the first intake of 2015, are that there are not enough lecturers, that the institute is not accredited and that its library did not have enough books to aid their studies. They also said they did not have adequate water.
Simataa said the committee will discuss a number of issues such as the honouring commitments like the provision of water, electricity and internet services by the government of Congo.
“The government of Congo will be urged in the long term to connect the LITVT to that country’s water and electricity network. The Namibian Government will provide basic teaching materials, including academic materials for vocational and practical subjects,” he said.
Simataa said Cabinet has approved engagement by the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation with its counterparts in Congo, to extend the French language training programme to six months, with the first preparatory month being offered by the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre in Windhoek.
The ministry has also been advised to dissolve and replace the Namibian side of the LITVT Council, and to ensure that the LITVT curriculum is equal to that of vocational training centres in Namibia.
Cabinet asked the ministry to consider having the Namibia Training Authority coordinate all activities of LITVT. It should then also ensure the integration of students who return from that institute into VTCs in Namibia.
Students and teachers to be sent to Loudima by government will also undergo a selection and screening process.
The LITVT was established to produce graduates with vocational competencies and skills appropriate for industrial development in Namibia and elsewhere.
Loudima was built in 1985 specifically for the children of Swapo-party members in exile, and opened its doors to learners in 1986.
Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba inaugurated the revamped LITVT in October 2014.