Namibia's VET system lacks leadership and strategic directions-UNESCO

Namibia's VET system lacks leadership and strategic directions-UNESCO

Namibia's Vocational Education Training (VET) system lacks the capacity to supply skills necessary for expanding and diversifying its economy.
The assessment was made by a Scoping Mission of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO.
Mission Head Borhene Chakroun says in addition, existing institutions do not constitute a comprehensive and consistent network.
He notes that the system lacks leadership and strategic directions and is not aligned with national development goals.
UNESCO conducted a situational analysis on higher education, training and innovation system five months ago, to identify challenges and propose alternatives to improve quality.
Chakroun says trainees also lack fundamental skills, while facing precarious living conditions which hamper their ability to learn.
The mission also found that vocational training does not guarantee employment as trainees face challenges finding jobs, while their skills do not match the demand.
On higher education, the mission said public universities suffer from severe shortages of qualified academics, as only 21% has a PhD.
It says they also lack consistent research, while partnerships with other insitutions are weak.
The Scoping Mission delegation handed over its report to the Higher Education, Training and Innovation Ministry on Monday.