Government is optimistic that the establishment of community colleges will spur opportunities for jobs among youths and eventually stimulate the country’s economic growth.
Principal Secretary for Labour and Manpower Development Patrick Kabambe made the remarks last Friday at the end of a three-week pedagogical course for 45 professional instructors at Domasi College of Education in Zomba.
“These colleges are currently offering training in bricklaying, plumbing, tailoring and design, carpentry and joinery as well as fabrication and welding.”
“It is, therefore, important that both public and private sectors have to take up their relevant roles in managing, financing the programme thereby increasing opportunities for youths, females, vulnerable, marginalized and disadvantaged groups to get self employment,” Kabambe said.
He said the training of the 45 instructors was the beginning of a journey to quality service delivery in community colleges.
Technical, Entreprenuerial and Vocational Education Training Authority (Teveta) executive director Ndione Chauluka urged the graduating instructors to produce desired results, further reminding them that her institution would be monitoring and evaluating progress.
He said Teveta will support government to train more instructors in the 11 operational colleges in Karonga, Nkhata Bay, Mzimba, Mchinji, Dowa, Dedza, Nkhotakota, Chiradzulu, Blantyre, Thyolo and Phalombe and in the remaining 17 districts next year.
Acting Principal for Domasi College, Arnold Mwanza, said the instructors had been equipped to become competent tutors.
“In determination of the improvement of education, the quality of a teacher is second to none, hence the training programme for community technical college tutors is very important to promote the quality of skills delivery in their respective fields at their community colleges,” Mwanza said.
The Community Technical College, programme was launched in March at Ngala in Karonga as part of government’s plan to ensure equal access to skills in the country.