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Managerial skills essential in TEVET institutions - Ministry of Labour

Written by  Tiyanjane Nandie Mambucha
Mwandidya speaks at a public function recently - File Photo Mwandidya speaks at a public function recently - File Photo

Dowa, August 28, 2018: Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development says empowermentof institutions under the Technical Entrepreneurial Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) in Malawi could strengthen good governance and management of the institutions.

Principal Secretary in the ministry, Joseph Mwandidya, was speaking recently in Dowa at the closing ceremony of a TEVET Managers Training workshop organized by UNESCO in the district.

Mwandidya said his ministry believes good governance and management practices can translate into improved service delivery, efficiency and effectiveness.

“Good governance and management entails participatory, consensus oriented, accountable transparent, responsive, effective and efficient systems which must also follow the rule of law,” he said.

He said good governance and management are responsive to present and future needs of the organization.

The PS further explained that both, national and community technical colleges need to change their way of doing business and improve on their management.

In his remarks, UNESCO team leader in Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP), Arthur Shears, said TEVET in Malawi faces considerable challenges in four areas which STEP is addressing.

“The weaknesses in the system are seen in quality and relevance, access and equity, funding and governance.

“STEP specific objectives are to promote equitable and gender balanced access to TEVET, improve the quality and relevance of TEVET and strengthen the governance and management of TEVET regulatory bodies and training institutions,” said Shears.

One of the participants, Mageed Amwali, said the need to invest in skills cannot be overemphasized since in almost all trades, a technical skill of a particular kind is required.

“This training has come at the right time when TEVET managers have a challenge in advancing technical and vocational skills for the development of this country.

“STEP has offered a wide range of innovative strategies and remedies towards harnessing sustainable TEVET management championed by global pillars such as SDG 4 that emphasizes on strengthening skills,” said Amwali.

STEP is being implemented by the Government of Malawi through the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development with technical support from UNESCO.

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