Malawi calls for mindset change on Tvet

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Tvet) is helping global economies create and generate employment despite being regarded lowly by the society, especially the youth.

Newly appointed Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (Tevet) Authority executive director Wilson Makulumiza-Nkhoma said this on Monday in Cape Town, South Africa during the 34th International Vocational and Training Association (Iveta) conference.

“The sector is currently experiencing many problems, some of which are emanating from the perception that Tvet is an inferior occupation and a source of cheap labour.

“For example, in Malawi, some trades such as bricklaying, carpentry and plumbing are shunned by youths yet these are occupations that can easily provide them jobs,” said Makulumiza-Nkhoma, who is also Iveta vice-president for Southern Africa Region.

South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education and Training Naledi Pandor, who officially opened the four-day conference, called on delegates to be innovative and analytical to ensure that Tvet responds to the needs of the continent.

She said the conference is taking place at a time countries around the world are trying to find workable models to educate and train people for employment and entrepreneurship.

The conference has drawn over 300 delegates from 25 countries, including Malawi.

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