Technical Entrepreneural and Vocational and Education Training Authority (Teveta) has said it will soon stop assessing and certifying technical and vocation education qualifications in the country.
Teveta acting executive director William Makulumiza-Nkhoma said this during a stakeholders’ conference on Saturday in Lilongwe.
He said Teveta has revised its policy, which has seen the establishment of an independent body that will be responsible for assessing and issuing certificates to students pursuing technical and vocational training in the country’s colleges.
“This means that all the qualifications that are technical in nature will be assessed by this body and, therefore, we are going to have one certificate for Malawi and not multiple certificates as it is now.
“This, in a way, takes out the role of Teveta in certification and, at the moment, Teveta is involved in certification by default. Our mandate is not to certify, but to regulate technical and vocational education in the country. So when this body is fully operational Teveta will only be responsible for monitoring the quality of assessment, curriculum and teaching to uphold standards,” said Makulumiza-Nkhoma.
Without disclosing when the certification body will be operational, he said the process is at an advanced stage as harmonisation of the curriculum is complete and the focus is now on structures where the assessments will be happening.
Currently, the Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb), Trade Test and Teveta are involved in assessment.
Makulumiza-Nkhoma also announced that the authority has decided to start footing 100 percent of apprentices’ allowances for first year students.
“In the past, the private sector was wholly responsible to pay these allowances, but as a way of attracting more companies, we have come up with a formula where first year students’ allowances coming into the industry will be paid by Teveta.
“For the second year students, there will be a 50-50 sharing while for third year students; there will be a 75 percent industry and 25 percent Teveta sharing,” he said.
Teveta has also reduced the direct training cost from 33 percent to 20 percent for the common tailor-made programme in which Teveta helps individual companies to train their own staff.
Makulumiza-Nkhoma said from July tis year, Teveta will be implementing a five-year World Bank sponsored project through which chances for the youth to access Tevet systems will be improved.