FOLLOWING huge discoveries of on-shore and off-shore natural gas reserves in Mtwara and Lindi, the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) has embarked on major reforms on its curriculum to enable its students to acquire adequate knowledge on the sector.
In view of this, the authority desired intent is to ensure that the country has adequate competent personnel who will sufficiently exploit the resources instead of depending on foreign experts.
Speaking to the 'Daily News' at the ongoing Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF), the Authority's Learning and Evaluation Specialist, Ms Joyce Mwinuka said that they want to ensure that Tanzanians grab employment opportunities in the area. "We need to make them competent in this area so that we could not look foreign experts.
In this case we have started reviewing and improving our curricula to incorporate all these," she noted. Industry sources say that within the next two years, natural gas reserves might rise from 46 million trillion cubic feet (tcf) to 200 million tcf.
Tanzania has already started counting benefits of the gas economy, which will soon be magnified after completion of the 538-km natural gas pipeline from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam now under construction.
She said that the authority has also prepared handouts in a bid to help VETA students and graduates apply what they acquired in their studies instead of remaining vagrants in the streets.
Ms Mwinuka noted that the move was fuelled by fact that there were some of their graduates who were ending up performing activities which were contrary to what they pursued.
She also said that in order to ensure that VETA admits more students to pursue number of courses the authority has built centres in almost every region in the country.