Lack of Modern Equipment Hits Technical College

Authorities at Naminjiwa Community Technical College in Phalombe say lack of modern equipment is hampering the provision of technical skills to students.

Speaking to Zodiak Online on Thursday, acting principal for the college, Jarlez Khasu, said Fabrication and Welding and Carpentry and Joinery are the two trades which have been mostly affected.

He said the college is still using the old model equipment and this will affect the graduates once they establish businesses.

Khasu said most equipment which were introduced in the training modules for the carpentry and joinery and fabrication and welding are not available at the institution.

The acting principal made the remarks during a familiarization tour by the minister of labour, skills and innovation, Martha Chanjo Mhone, in Phalombe.

Chanjo Mhone said the ministry will liaise with relevant stakeholders to ensure that the community technical colleges have adequate modern training equipment.

During the visit, it was also discovered that a lot of girls are dropping out of the community technical college due to lack of fees and pregnancies among others.

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