The Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA) recently asked Malawian companies and industries to provide the country’s technical colleges with the latest equipment to enable learners to move with the changing technology.
Board Chairperson Gilbert Chilinde said this recently in Lilongwe when TEVETA briefed Malawi journalists about the TEVETA/HWK Cologne Chamber of Germany partnership. The TEVETA chief also announced of training that will take place in Malawi and Germany.
Through the partnership, Chilinde who recently visited Germany, accompanied by representatives of Employers Association of Malawi (EAM), Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI), and other stakeholders, toured German technical colleges and industries in June. During the visit, the group learned that private sector initiative.
The trip was to familiarize the stakeholders with the German technical education system, which is regarded as one of the best in the world. Learners in Malawi’s technical colleges lag behind in skills and technology because they use outdated equipment, one of the presentations highlighted during the press conference by TEVETA Acting Executive Director Wilson Makulumiza Nkhoma.
“We want to see Malawian companies and industries start signing mutual contracts with our struggling technical colleges as is the case in Germany. The aim is to produce highly skilled workers whose innovations would reduce the poverty of many people and help develop the country,” Chilinde emphasized.
Currently, Malawi has less than ten national technical colleges and less than twenty community technical colleges with an annual enrollment of only two thousand students.