Malawi Government is in the process of establishing an assessment body for Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education Training (Tevet) in a bid to harmonise certification of artisans.
Presently, there is duplication of certification as three institutions are responsible for the certification.jo
This creates a dilemma for institutions to employ individuals with certificates either from the Ministry of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development through its Trade Testing Services Division or the Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) as well as the Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority of Malawi (Teveta).
Speaking on the sidelines of a stakeholder’s cocktail at Sunbird Mzuzu on Friday, Teveta director of quality assurance Wilson Makulumiza-Nkhoma said each of the three institutions will no longer be responsible for certification.
“A consultant has gone around to look at the state of equipment in our trade testing system just to see the magnitude of the project, and government continues lobbying with donor partners to identify people who can support us.
“What will happen is that some resources will be tapped from trade testing services, Maneb and Teveta to establish the body. Donor partners will come in just to complement what we have started developing,” said Nkhoma.
Parliamentary Committee on Education, Science and Technology vice-chairperson Agnes Nyalonje said government is also spearheading the formulation of a National Qualification Framework that allows recognition of qualifications.
Last year, Teveta trained 479 individuals from 54 institutions in common tailor-made courses.