The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has embark on Vocation Training and Skills Campaign Program in the country’s Secondary Schools in order to mobilize the Malawian youths to join its courses especially after finishing their form four classes.
Speaking during the official launch of the campaign which was held at Nyungwe Community Day Secondary School in the area of Traditional Authority Mwilang’ombe in Karonga. the deputy minister of education Vincent Ghambi said the youth can become self reliant especially after accomplishing the vocational training and skills development.
According to Ghambi, most of the Malawian youths regard the vocation training and skills development as it is for those who have failed to go to the University hence the campaign program.
However, he said experience has shown that vocational skills has excel led economically than those of tertiary education.
“As government, we are aware that our youths as well as the country as whole have negative perceptions against the vocational skills. For instance, they regard it as for those who failed to make it to University but what I can tell you is that experience itself has shown that people attained the vocational skills are doing better than those of the tertiary education,” said Ghambi.
He further said “our neighbouring countries such as Tanzania and Zambia have reduced the rate of unemployment especially among the youths due to the initiative.”
In his remarks, TEVET Director of Training Programs Wilson Makulumiza said the country’s Universities have little capacity to enroll all the students who have passed the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) hence the vocational skills is the only alternative.
According to him, it is pathetic to note that out of 1084 apprentices who were expected to be enrolled in the country’s technical colleges only 701 reported representing 35 percent of which 171 were females symbolize 24 percent.