GOVERNMENT says technical education and vocation training (TEVETA) play a significant role in the economic development of any nation.
Higher Education permanent secretary Owen Mgemezulu said the support given to tertiary institutions in Zambia demonstrated Government’s interest for development.
Mr Mgemezulu said men and women that helped transform the nation’s industries and created wealth were graduates from TEVETA institutions.
He said Zambia was on the development path which required all citizens to take part in it until the goals set in the 2030 vision were achieved.
“All of us are duty bound to contribute to the development of our country,” he said.
Mr Mgemezulu was speaking at the seventh vocational and tarining graduation ceremony of Solwezi Trades Training Institute (SOTTI) in Solwezi yesterday under the theme ‘‘Skills for sustainable livelihood’’.
He said Government had established colleges and trades training institutes across the country because technical education was critical to development.
He said trades training institutes were established to develop a closer relationship between tertiary training and environments in which they were located, including a closer and greater responsiveness to labour market needs.
“They are also established to enhance social and geographical access to technical education and provide high level occupational preparation in a more applied and less theoretical way,” he said.
He also said Government had provided teaching and office equipment and would continue to help provide teaching machinery and equipment to help improve the quality and standards of TEVETA.
He said though SOTTI, which was a Government grant-aided institute, Government would not interfere in its operations because it had its own systems of operation.
“Externalizing internal issues and interference by external Government departments is not allowed. And I hope this advice shall be followed and observed accordingly,” he said.
Earlier, SOTTI board chairperson Linda Mambwe appealed to parents in the province to take advantage of the existence of the institution and enrol their children so that they acquired knowledge and survival skills.