ZIO MWALE and HENRY SINYANGWE, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has called on tertiary institutions to run courses and programmes that will directly contribute to the country’s vision of being a
middle income nation by 2030.
Speaking at the 50th Evelyn Hone College graduation ceremony yesterday, Ministry of Higher Education acting permanent secretary Alex Simumba said tertiary institutions should develop technical programmes that will grow the youth academically and professionally.
“Let’s ensure that we run courses and programmes that directly contribute to the country’s vision of being a middle income nation by the year 2030,” he said
He said the ministry will support skills development programmes tailored on accelerating national development and smooth implementation of the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP).
He urged tertiary institutions managements to study the 7NDP which was recently launched by President Lungu and tailor their respective strategic plans in line with plan in question to get the much-needed Government support.
And Evelyn Hone College board chairperson Fuckson Ngoma said the institution, which has been offering training at diploma level for over 50 years, is considering to begin degree programmes.
Evelyn Hone College, which has been in existence since 1963, is the largest technical college with the largest student population in the country and will soon open up a new campus in Isoka district in Muchinga Province.
And Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo has urged graduates to aspire to come up with local companies that can help drive the country’s economy.
Professor Luo said this in a speech read for her during the Lukashya Trades Training Institute 25th graduation ceremony in Kasama yesterday by Technical and Vocational Education Training (TEVET) chief officer Precious Lisulo.
Meanwhile, CHAMBO NG’UNI reports from Kabwe that Paglory University chancellor Enala Mwase says education is key in addressing the challenges Zambia is experiencing
Professor Mwas e said following the launch of the 7NDP by President Lungu, Paglory University has aligned itself with the aims and goals of the ambitious all-inclusive economic and development plan.
Prof Mwase said this yesterday during the 22nd early childhood teachers’ diploma graduation ceremony held under the theme ‘Anchoring national development through’.