Minister of Labour, Skills and Innovations, Martha Chanjo on Friday disclosed that plans were underway for government to construct an instructors college in the country.
This comes amid concerns that the country lacks qualified instructors to teach in various community technical colleges in the country.
The Minister made the remarks in Balaka when she had a familiarization tour of Khwisa Community Technical College which government together with Teveta constructed.
Said Chanjo: “As directed by His Excellency Prof. Peter Mutharika, we are rolling out in all the 193 constituencies in the country, but we are likely to face the challenge of finding well qualified instructors.
“We wrote a report to His Excellency Prof. Peter Mutharika and he has given us a node. What is remaining is to plan and send to parliament for approval.”
According to the Minister, Khwisa Community Technical College will officially open for students in January.
“As of now, only three courses which are tailoring and fashion design, renewable energy and plumbing, are being offered to the informal students, but come January we will increase up to seven courses,” she said.
Teveta Board Chair, Gilbert Chilinde said he was happy with the progress at the college as the structures as well as equipment were in place.
“As Teveta we have sponsored 100 percent four colleges but in the other colleges we have just assisted in other aspects and government has done more work,” he said.
Currently, there are 28 community technical colleges in the country, in addition to the seven national technical colleges.