Angola: Ministry of Education Committed to Training for Employment

Lucapa — Angolan minister of Education Luísa Grilo said Friday in Dundo, eastern Lunda Norte province, that the Government is reassessing the national technical education system to adapt it to the training needs of each region.

The minister said that the move is part of training for qualified staff that can be quickly absorbed into the labour market.

Speaking to the press, on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Polytechnic Medical Institute of Lucapa, the minister said that quality of technical education in Angola is still not the best and in many cases does not meet the needs of the labour market, especially in the private sector.

She said that the sector is working on re-organising the national education system, implementing courses in accordance with the needs of the labour market in each province, with the priority to the qualification of teachers.

According to her, a general survey is being conducted on the needs of laboratories for the different courses, market research to equip most of the schools, especially aimed at training teachers, in order to combine theory with practice.

Luísa Grilo said that the survey and market research ends this month and after which the results will be sent to the President of the Republic for subsequent steps.

"Training for employment is our main goal, as we are reassessing and resizing the technical courses, so that in the future qualified staff can be placed in the labour market according to local needs", she stressed.

As for the suspension of courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics in high school, Luísa Grilo explained that the decision stemmed from the lack of laboratories and qualified teachers.

The official assured that the courses may resume as soon as the problems was solved.

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