DOWA-(MaraviPost)-The Minister of Labor, Youth Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa, this week reiterated that good governance, along with accountability and transparency, are vital for enhancing the much-needed skilled labor for the country’s social-economic growth.
The labor Minister Mussa observed that for any institution to attract international or local donor support, skilled labor is required.
Mussa made the remarks during the review of the governance structure of Technical Entrepreneurship Vocation Education Training institution (TEVET) conference at Mponera in Dowa under UNESCO’s Skills and Technical Education Program (STEP).
The minister said good governance reduces cases of corruption at institutions as its managers are financially disciplined in their performance of duties.
He therefore urged the heads of entrepreneurship institutions to be accountable of funds meant for recruiting student and be dedicated with their work for the effective outcome products.
“For any disciplined institution attracts much-needed skilled labor to be part of the working team. Even donors are always interested to be associated with clear agency for accountability of their monies in the projects they finance.
“Therefore, institutions’ heads need to be self-disciplined with any penny they receive that it is properly used. Government doesn’t want to continue receiving reports of managers, tutors that put their personal interests at the expense of learners. We need vibrant vocational training institutions that produce credible graduates for the much-needed skilled labor force,” urged Mussa.
In his remarks, Arthur Shears, STEP Malawi Team Leader, said the principal core agenda of the initiative is to strengthen the management and governance of TEVET regulatory bodies and training institutions.
Shears said the program will strike to empower the TEVET sector and its capacity to satisfy the economy’s need for professionals through improvement of equitable gender-based vocational training.
“If we empower the institutions’ heads with skilled management, we should expect total effective and productive outcomes for credible and discipline graduates, who will trickle down to the country’s economic growth,” assures Shears.
STEP is a UNESCO and European-funded project that works with the Malawi Government through ministry of labor. It started its implementation phase in January 2017.
The program also focuses and reviews the effectiveness and operation of the three institutions, including national technical colleges, community colleges and skills development centres.