By Taonga Sabola:
The Ministry of Labour, Skills and Innovation has said it has embarked on an exercise to overhaul the country’s technical, entrepreneurial, vocational education and training (Tevet) system to enable it to meet industry demands.
The development comes at a time there were glaring gaps between the needs of industry and the curriculum of technical colleges.
Speaking during a Tevet stakeholders meeting in Lilongwe on Thursday, Director of Technical and Vocational Training in the Ministry of Labour, Skills and Innovation, Aubrey Matemba, said technology was moving at supersonic speed, hence the need to produce graduates that respond to the demands of the labour market.
“There are a number of changes. One area is the management of training institutions. We are also changing the Tevet Act and the Tevet Policy.
“We are also looking at the selection system, the way we recruit our students into technical colleges. We want to make sure that the selection is all inclusive,” Matemba.
He added that the overhaul would also focus on shaping the students into future entrepreneurs rather than just focusing on being employed.
Through the programme, consultants were recruited to review the current Tevet system and advise on areas that should be reformed.
European Union Social Sectors and Infrastructure Team Leader, Virginie Lafluer-Tighe, underscored the need for all stakeholders to give their input in the reform process.
“A Tevet system critically needs to respond to the demands of the private sector; otherwise, it is not relevant. An irrelevant Tevet System lets down Malawian youths in their aspiration to live productive lives and does not contribute to economic growth.
“Therefore, close collaboration between all stakeholders is crucial to creating this connection between the world of education and the world of work,” Lafluer-Tighe said.
The meeting attracted representatives from the private sector, the academia, Teveta Authority and the government.