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Teveta Bill to fix gaps in skills development

KAMTUKULE—We have not been talking to each other

By Isaac Salima:

Minister of Labour Vera Kamtukule on Friday reaffirmed the government’s commitment to wide consultation in formulation policies and laws to make them accommodative.

She was speaking in Blantyre when Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) engaged officials from the private sector drafted Teveta Bill.

Kamtukule urged the authority to engage all stakeholders for insights before taking the proposed law to other stages for approvals.

“When we are enacting a law, it is not a document that will only be used by the government. It must be a document that is making sense to other stakeholders as well,” Kamtukule said.

She said the proposed law will bring sanity in the technical and vocational training institutions in the country.

Kamtukule said while the country has vast potential to unearth and develop technical skills, especially among the youth, more needs to be done including putting in place policies and legal frameworks.

“There has been a mismatch from what we have been producing in our technical colleges to what the industry demands. The problem is that we have not been talking to each other and that is why we decided to hold this meeting,” Kamtukule said.

She reiterated the need for technical colleges to produce skills that are demanded on the market hence the need for continuous engagement between skills developers and end users.

Teveta board Chairperson Don Whayo said it was important to review the law which was last enacted in 1999.

“A lot has changed because the private sector was not developed as it is now. There is more that needs to be incorporated so that our operations and standards are in conformity with what is happening now,” Whayo said.

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