Community Colleges to spur job creation in Malawi, says PS Kabambe
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.
TEVETA Executive Director, Dr. Ndione Chauluka urged the graduating instructors to produce desired results, further reminding them that her institution would be monitoring and evaluating progress.
Chauluka said TEVETA will support government to train more instructors in the 11 operational colleges in Karonga, Nkhatabay, Mzimba, Mchinji, Dowa, Dedza, Nkhotakota, Chiradzulu, Blantyre, Thyolo and Phalombe and in the remaining 17 districts next year.
Acting Principal for Domasi College, Dr. Arnold Mwanza said the instructors had been eqiped 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 recently at Ngala in Karonga as part of government’s plan to ensure equal access to quality Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) in Malawi.–Mana
A Kabambe, as PS I expect you to inform us how this project will indeed spur employment in the country. Can you support your claims with projected figures? Not just talk talk talk, I can also talk. The few figures being spoken of at present will take Malawi over 100 years to make a slight impact on employment. You can do better than that Mr PS, mungoti ka speech akoko basi bola allowance mwalandila?
This is a fundamentally flawed reasoning. The community colleges will not create. In fact they will increase the pool of unemployed skilled people.
DPP is now confused. How does students going to community colleges create jobs. Why is going to other already existing colleges not creating jobs? What type of logic is this. Community colleges will create morejob seekers.
Yes, I do second the idea of coming up with community colleges. Skills are needed in Malawi, and jobs have to be created by private sector as well. This is why I come in on the scene. To the well wishers, good hearted people, Lilongwe City Assembly and Ministry of Lands, that all those who own some pieces of land in Lilongwe city, especially at City Centre to spare some for me so that I can put up a state of the art business which would create jobs to fellow Malawian. I have equipment ready to roll the business but… Read more »