Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocation and Training (TEVET), Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocation and Training Authority(TEVETA), Malawi Examinations Board (MANEB) and Trade Test Exams (TTE) boards have agreed to have a harmonised curricular as one way of tackling some of the challenges that the old systems had.
The harmonised curricular will unify the Trade Testing System, The MANEB craft systems and the old TEVETA system of assessment.
Acting Director of Training Programmes for TEVETA, Cripso Daudi told reporters in Lilongwe that the old systems had a lot of problems some being the exorbitant cost of the three exams, students having much workload.
He further said the systems brought confusion on the certificates offered to the students especially when they applied for jobs as the industries were not sure of which paper was powerful and the best.
“The new curricular is there to minimize the costs and confusion that it had on students, parents and the industries that hire them,” Daudi explained.
Assistant of Labour Commission-Trade Testing, Joseph Chirombo stated that the curricular will also be recognizing, assessing and rewarding certificates to those with the skill but have not attended any formal education.
“The external students coming forward to the body for assessment still have a chance to be graded based on what extent of knowledge they possess and rewarded with certificates from the new curricular”. Chirombo explained.
MANEB Director of Examinations, Gerson Mutala Phiri, however said those that already enrolled with the old system will continue with their studies until 2019.
“The students that have already enrolled with the previous system will receive their full education and at the end given certificates. This is so to ensure a smooth exit from the previous system to the harmonized curricular,” Phiri added.
TEVETA roles in as far as the revised TEVET curriculum is concerned will be to make sure there is smooth transition to the revised curriculum, ensure the availability of curriculum documents like modules, training manuals, among other documents.
TEVETA will also ensures that trainers have the capacity to deliver trainings and if there are gaps, fill them up and ensure that all stakeholders are fully oriented on the roll out of the harmonised curriculum requirements.
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