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REVISED NATIONAL TEVET policy launched, provides progression pathway to postgraduate
December 9, 2020 at 10:57

The Ministry of Higher Education has launched the revised national policy on technical education, vocational and entrepreneurship training (TEVET). The policy is the vehicle for improved productivity through industrialisation and value addition.

Minister of Higher Education Dr. Brian Mushimba who launched the policy said "through this newly launched policy the Government will provide guidance in the technical education vocational and entrepreneurship training for improved productivity through industrialization and value addition."

The new policy replaces the 1996 TEVET policy. The old policy was revised in recognition of the fact that for the country to attain the Vision 2030, it needs highly skilled and competent citizens. The revised policy provides for enhanced skills development from trade test certificate to postgraduate.

Dr. Mushimba said the Ministry will play a role to ensure that skills facilitates productivity through empowering of the population with the skills needed for personal progression and national development for today and tomorrow by cultivating citizens to become skillful and entrepreneurs in order to build a workforce with appropriate competent skills and knowledge.

"Low skills perpetuates poverty and hinders productivity. This policy enhances the achievement of national aspirations and including new skills required in the industry from lowest level of qualification (trade test certificate) to postgraduate. Sustainable development of any nation is premised on a constant supply of adequate and appropriate skills, knowledge and attitudes, which can be used to harness other resources such as land, minerals, forests and others."

"The national TEVET policy is enhancing productivity in the economy for the country to remain competitive in the region. Skills cultivation is critical to the productivity of the country. Skills are extremely important in achieving the income the country aspires especially that TEVET develops hands-on and entrepreneurial skills citizens need to be technically competent in the knowledge economy."

"The knowledge, skills and attributes from the TEVET sector will help change the social and economic outlook of the country. "This policy provides an important background to develop appropriate skills to uplift lives of many citizens."

This policy will help us develop the skills we need. "Anybody can make products, but our skills citizens should efficiently make products that meet the demand of the industry. This policy enhances our ability to churn out quality skills."

"The introduction of the Skills Development Fund (SDF) was to ensure provisions of the policy are financed adequately. The Ministry of Finance is enhancing the SDF Levy to improve collection of the levy and increase financing to the sector. The policy promotes research and development (R&D) in TEVET, promote entrepreneurship training and enterprise development, innovation, enhance financing mechanisms, promote inclusion and equality from trade test to postgraduate levels."

"Curriculum development is critical to the TEVET sector. The world is involving, curriculum needs to be aligned to emerging skills in the industry. We need new sets of skills the curriculum should pay attention to for our skilled persons remain relevant to the industry for them to be able to compete."

"The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Artificial Intelligence and ICTs bring critical aspects that should be incorporated into the curriculum. This policy will help align our curriculum to modern skillsets we need to have a competitive workforce."

And Higher Education Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame said low skills can continue to perpetuate poverty hence reviewing of the launched TEVET Policy will respond to challenges.

Mrs Siame believes the new TEVET policy will stand a taste of time on a ten year timeframe replacing the 1996 TEVET Policy paving way for progressive and enhance on practical skills that are relevant for skills training.

And moving a vote of thanks Vocational Education and Training Director Alex Muzanu Simumba said launch of the new TEVET policy is transformation of the TEVET sector bringing a paradigm shift establishing a good set up to effective skills training delivery to equal economies.

Mr. Simumba commended the Ministry officials, TEVET sector, and all stakeholders who largely contributed towards development of the TEVET policy document and encouraged all to own it for effective implementation alongside development of the country’s agenda.

Director Simumba applauded President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and Minister Mushimba for the huge support towards SDF that has scored strides in the TEVET sector. "The policy sets a new trajectory in skills need and respond to challenges the TEVET sector has had faced including skills gaps, legal lapses and pedagogical challenges. Players in the TEVET sector should interpret this policy into practical implementation to ensure Zambia matches the countries that have developed relevant and adequate skills in national development."

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