WVTC board of directors appointed

05 Jun 2018 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 05 JUN (NAMPA) – Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Itah Kandji-Murangi on Monday inaugurated the board of directors for the Windhoek Vocational Training Centre (WVTC).
The board will be chaired by Dr Leena Kloppers, who will be deputised by Patrick Xoagub and will serve a three-year term effective from 04 June 2018.
Other members of the board are Webster Gonzo, Anthea Rietz, Agatha Ashilelo, Naftal Shigwedha and Andrew Ndishishi.
Speaking at the ceremony, Kandji-Murangi said the institution had been without a board for quite some time and that it was not by choice but rather by design as the centre was run as a private entity by the German government.
Kandji-Murangi further urged the newly appointed board to help transform the WVTC and give it a facelift.
“For far too long, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) has been the neglected stepchild of our overall education system. As a country, we have realised that this neglect has to stop and that we need to transform and expand TVET and tap into the enormous potential it offers us to prosper as a nation,” she said.
She reminded the new members that among the challenges they will face will be the appointment of the right centre manager as well as making sure that the trainers meet requirements.
Kandji-Murangi explained that the Namibia National Training Organisation (PTY) Ltd trading as the WVTC, formerly known as Otto Benecke Foundation Namibia (PTY) Ltd, was a project initiated by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany before the independence of Namibia and that it was transferred to the Namibian Government thereafter.