Higher Education Minister Dr. Brian Mushimba was grateful for the Northern Technical College (NORTEC) management for revising the curricula in line with, the ten million kwacha worth, state-of-the-art training equipment that the Government through the Ministry of Higher Education bought, distributed, and now awaiting installation.
Dr. Mushimba was also thankful that NORTEC had maintained college tuition fees for 15 years without putting any increment and as such he added (Minister) these were efforts evidently exhibited in responding to calls of the 7th National Development Plan in providing access and affordability to education and equally supporting human capacity building as all these were critical to support the agenda of the Government.
Minister Mushimba hence encouraged the college to consistently think outside the box and initiate regional MOUs to encourage industrial training exposure for the students between countries in the SADC region.
Dr. Mushimba also believed it was important and encouraged the college team to employ creativity, innovation, and technology training routes that can double student enrollments through virtual, online, and distance learning.
Earlier and in a couple of years, Honourable Mushimba highly spoke of and encouraged the establishment and use of ICT infrastructure by institutions before the covid – 19. Foreseeing the relevance of creating a well-modern pedagogy infrastructure providing access, currently, the new approaches are augmenting the covid situation, and today the college is adhering to covid health guidelines allowing training to continue by keeping the lecturers and students safe resulting in minimal exposure.
Dr. Mushimba however was concerned about some issues that were expected to be followed up and expedited inclusive the institution’s soccer and volleyball land that was erroneously given out. He asked the college team to engage his office so that solutions could be exerted.
Minister Mushimba further noted that the library that by today required maximum use needed in place the rightful furniture, he instructed the team and his Ministry officials to promptly expedite the procurement process and resolve the issue.
Dr. Mushimba observed and emphasised that it was important to collaborate with the industry in the interest of educating the nation to build a good platform and cushion the shortfall of the industrial and labour market.
And College Principal Victor Mulenga said the college has engaged First Quantum and Savvy in-service training to supplement the college income for training purposes and emoluments.
Mr. Mulenga, however, said covid – 19 health protocols has changed training in terms of student space however the team had been employing more methodologies to accommodate more students without interfering with the protocols but also resulting in the increase of workload for the lecturers who have demonstrated tireless efforts.
Mr. Muelnga cited some students withdrawing due to lack of sponsorship (self sponsorship) hence affecting numbers.
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