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240 community college graduands make way into national universities

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Over 200 graduating students from newly launched community colleges from across the country will make their way into national universities, following their superb performances.

The government last year introduced artisan skills community colleges as a way of addressing unemployment challenges among the youth.

However, the colleges have also proved to be a milestone for students who had in years failed to make into the national universities.

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Speaking on the sidelines of a Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) breakfast with its stakeholders, Teveta Acting Chief Executive Officer, Wilson Nkhoma, said the community colleges are not only imparting technical skills to community members but also creating employment.

He said those graduating from the colleges are being encouraged to venture into partnership or start up their own businesses that will in the end create job opportunities.

Nkhoma said from the group that will be graduating next month, 240 top students will be admitted into national universities to pursue their studies.

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“We have identified about 240 students who have done well and have shown the potential that they will do even better at the national universities.

“This is testimony enough, that the community colleges are not a waste of resources as others are saying, but rather it’s an opportunity for others to realise their dreams,” Nkhoma said.

He also assured the stakeholders that, as Teveta, they will strive to provide training programmes that will meet the market demand.

Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) Public Private Dialogue Manager, Hope Chavula, said skills training is very crucial at workplace, hence the need for Teveta to improve on the quality of its programmes.

Chavula said in order for companies to produce goods that are competitive, the workforce should also be skilled enough to produce quality products.

“If we have to move from importing to exporting, we need workers that are well skilled, hence Teveta should align its programmes with the market demand and also the technologies that are there,” he said.

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