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Government harmonises Tevet curriculum

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The Malawi Government in collaboration with the Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) on Tuesday launched a new Tevet curriculum which harmonises Tevet programmes.

The development comes after the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development noted that there was confusion among employers as to which qualifications to recognise because there were three bodies that were examining and certifying the programmes.

Previously, the Trade Test, Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) and Teveta were the bodies assessing the Tevet programmes but the harmonised curriculum means one body will be instituted as an overseer of the Tevet programmes.

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The newly launched Tevet curriculum also signifies that Tevet system will have one certificate which is the Malawi Tevet Certificate.

According to the Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Henry Mussa, the revised curriculum responds to the reform programmes the government is implementing.

“This is a milestone in the history of Malawi because it is the harmonisation of the three qualifications we have been having for a number of years.

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Remember for students to be qualified, they had to go through different qualifications of Malawi Trade Test, Maneb and Teveta, hence it created confusion because employers were not sure which one was the authentic certification. This will solve such anomalies,” Mussa said.

Teveta Board Chairperson, Gilbert Chilinde, explained that the revised curriculum will improve Tevet programme which plays an essential role in the development of technical skills, especially among the youth.

“The reformed Tevet curriculum responds to the needs of the industry because for instance, we had students practising on Arabian engines in mechanical engineering when motor industry has gone hybrid. We have to move with time, hence the reason behind revision of the curriculum,” Chilinde said.

President of the Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam) Emmanuel Banda applauded the move, saying it is timely.

“We have been struggling to judge which curricula are valid and eligible but now with the coming in of one Tevet certificate, it will be easier for the employers to trust the qualifications,” Banda said.

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