The government and private sector players owe the Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (Teveta) K23 billion, a development that is said to have negatively affected its operations.
Teveta spokesperson Lewis Msasa told The Daily Times that part of the funds could be used for training instructors to upgrade their skills.
“This [failure to give Teveta its money] has largely affected the development of the Tevet sector in Malawi,” said Msasa in a written response.
He added that Teveta was facing constraints in acquiring modern equipment for college training centres.
Part of the money Teveta gets is used for providing start-up equipment to people that have been trained so that they can start businesses, thereby contributing to employment creation.
He said, in 2015, they agreed with the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) that the tax collector should be collecting the levy on behalf of Tevet.
MRA spokesperson Steve Kapoloma was yet to respond to our questionnaire as we went to press.
In September last year, Teveta Executive Director Wilson Nkhoma said they were engaging the government on the matter.
According to the Teveta Act, public and private sectors are supposed to be contributing one percent to the authority.
In September last year, the Ministry of Labour indicated that it would engage stakeholders to make sure it settles the arrears.
Teveta was established in 1999 and, so far, 42,000 have acquired skills through its interventions.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
He joined Times Group Newsroom in September 2019.