Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development says government will continue to prioritize skills development as a major contributor to the country’s social economic development.
The Minister responsible, Henry Mussa, said this in Blantyre on Tuesday during the official launch of the revised Malawi Technical Entrepreneurial Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVET) Curriculum which is a product of the harmonization of three curricula that have been offered in by TEVET over the years.
Mussa said the development of any country relies on skills which need to be imparted to Malawians to propel the country’s social economic development through different innovations.
He said it is against this background that Malawi through TEVET has revised the curriculum with an intention to match the modern environment.
Mussa added, “In fact the revision of the curriculum is in line with reforms which Malawi government is currently undertaking. Before this revised curricula there were three bodies which were examining Tevet students in colleges.”
The three bodies comprised; National Trade Test managed and administered by the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development; Malawi Craft and Advanced Craft managed and administered by the Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) and the Tevet Qualification Framework managed and administered by the Tevet Authority.
“The use of the revised Tevet Curriculum in the Tevet system means that one certificate, the Malawi Tevet Certificate which will be awarded to all students starting with those who enrolled in 2017. An assessment unit comprising members from the Ministry, Tevet Authority and MANEB will be responsible for assessment and certification of Tevet Students,” explained Mussa.
On his part, Tevet Authority Executive Director Dr Ndione Chauluka said the merging of the three Tevet Curricula is a response to the industry’s demand as the existence of three parallel qualifications has been causing confusion among Tevet stakeholders.
Chauluka said with assistance from other stakeholders, all important aspects are being taken care of to ensure a smooth transition and smooth implementation of the revised Tevet Curriculum.
“The harmonization procedure has come a long way since 2009. The unified certification system will empower Tevet students and bring sanity in the Tevet system. Currently, eleven curricula have been revised,” he said.
Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM) President Emmanuel Banda has since commended government for the initiative saying it is a milestone in the history of Malawi.
Banda said in the past it was difficult for employers to recognize real qualifications from Tevet students as the certificates had different examining bodies.
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