Windfall For Unskilled Youths


By Thomas S. Kembay

The Minister of Technical and Higher Education, Prof. Aiah Kpakima has disclosed that the ministry will be embarking on skills and technical training for young people who cannot access university education.

According to the Minister, President Bio in his wisdom separated the Ministry of Education into two – Technical and Higher Education (MTHE) and that of Basic and Senior Education with the former’s mandate to supervise universities, colleges and technical vocational institutes.

His ministry, he said, is commencing the implementation of the President’s statement in Parliament for young people to be trained in various skills to empower and make them self-reliant in society.

The Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), he said, is not for university degree but a certificate course qualifying the beneficiaries in their areas of career.

TVET, he added, is therefore going to be demand-driven, noting that 90% of the training will be practical while 10% will be theoretical.

Sierra Leoneans, he said, are losing jobs and money to foreigners for simple technical and skills task in many factories and companies in the country. This, he said, is the reason his ministry will, this time round, pursue TVET national policy till it goes through the legislative arm of government and subsequently implemented.