17 July 2012

Tanzania: 'Construction of Three Vocational Colleges Underway'

Dodoma — THE construction of three vocational training colleges started this year in Ukerewe, Chunya and Namtumbo, the House was told on Monday.

The Deputy Minister for Education and Vocation Training, Mr Philipo Mulugo, said they were part of the government's plans to cut back unemployment. The government decided to build vocational training colleges in all districts without such institutions of learning.

The deputy minister was responding to Prof Kulikoyela Kahigi (BUKOMBE-CHADEMA)'s question seeking to know the government plans to help districts such as Bukombe that does not have even a single vocational training college.

Mr Mulugo said that in the government plans, Bukombe was already earmarked and the implementation was set to start almost immediately. He begged for passivity amongst Bukombe residents while the government was implementing such plans.

He argued Bukombe youths who failed to continue with their studies, to join SACCOS groups in order to get loans and become self employed due to availability of economic opportunities in their district such as tobacco farming, bee keeping, small scale mining and small entrepreneurship.

Mr Mulugo also urged wananchi including youths to acquire education from nearby vocational training colleges in Shinyanga, Mwanza Regional Vocational Training and Services Centre while they are waiting for the construction of their District Vocational Training College.

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