Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (Creccom) senior programmes officer Zione Musa has urged community day secondary school (CDSS) students in Mulanje to apply for places in technical colleges to acquire vocational skills.
She made the call on Friday when the organisation held a career guidance session for Namalowe and Mulomba CDSS students.
Musa said Creccom noted that most CDSS students who were not selected to pursue various programmes in public universities were just staying idle; hence, the need for them to enrol in technical colleges.
She said: “The girls and boys should know that not all can be selected to public colleges and universities.
“Therefore, they can apply for programmes offered by Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education Training Authority in community technical colleges.”
On her part, Shire Highlands Education Division manager Evelyn Njima commended Creccom for its Improving Education Quality in Community Day Secondary Schools Project.
She said: “The project has given CDSS students confidence to compete with their counterparts in conventional secondary schools.
“Again, the organisation has improved the infrastructure in CDSSs which has motivated students to work hard.”
In his remarks, Anenenji Skills Development Centre principal Mark Pius told the youth not to wait for someone to employ them, but think of acquiring skills to employ themselves.
“Jobs are difficult to come by these days; hence, the youth should acquire entrepreneurship and vocational skills to enable them get income,” he said.
Diana Nkhoma, a Form Three student from Namalowe CDSS, said she was motivated to work hard to go to a technical college or public university.
With support from Mastercard Foundation and Echidna Giving, Creccom is implementing Improving Education Quality in Community Day Secondary Schools Project in 36 CDSSs in Mulanje, Thyolo, Ntchisi and Chitipa districts.