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TVET Director engages Local Content Agency

Director of Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) in the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education, Dr. Victor Massaquoi has engaged the leadership of the Sierra Leone Local Content Agency.

The purpose of the engagement was to increase partnership between the two institutions in promoting the mandate of the agency.

Director General of SLLCA, Fodiba Daboh underscored the importance of such collaboration to deliver on its mandate. He said the President has stressed on several occasions the need for mutual partnerships among Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to deliver on national agenda.

He stated that cluster eight of the Medium-Term Development Plan speaks to collaboration among MDAs and added: “This meeting is a follow up on the last one to ensure accelerated delivery.”

“We want to ensure how best we can collaboratively work together to ensure success in our activities,” he said and added they need to develop joint proposals to reach out to those interested in skills development for their support.

In his response, Director of TVET, Dr. Victor Massaquoi disclosed that Parliament has approved TVET policy, and that the Ministry’s Communications Strategy has been reviewed in order to rebrand and resuscitate vocational education.

“We reactivated specific TVET policies and the ministry is currently working with the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) on the side of the teachers. The only way to access better education is to have a pathway to vocational and technical education,” he said.

Dr. Massaquoi spoke about the intention of the ministry to develop a critical skills database in the country and noted that Sierra Leone used to have 50 schools offering TVET education but it has dropped to 11 due to lack of management skills.

He pointed out that the Ministry is working on National Qualification Framework (NQF), which according to him, will ensure the agency be part of it going forward.

“The ministry is working hard to ensure that by 2024 students will earn a degree in TVET. We want to ensure that the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) is an Equivalent to WASSCE so that students can access the Universities upon completion of the course,” Dr. Massaquoi noted.

He said the government is working on national harmonization of all tertiary institutions in order to discourage tutors from moving from one institution to another.

He also spoke about the need for collaboration in critical skills for the database, developing proposals and concept notes to expose the agency in their work, especially regarding local content plazas, access to MTHE Scholarships for staff capacity building, and to be featured in the EPP.

In his PowerPoint presentation, Director of Operations of the SLLCA, Thomas Momoh Bockarie said the objective of the Agency is to work with the Foreign Direct Investment (FDIs) companies to submit their local content plans, and also stressed the need for a nexus with the Technical and Higher Education Ministry for support.

He reiterated the need for strong partnership for the establishment of critical skills database for the Agency, and the need for capacity building especially those in the TVET sector.

He said that they recently held a meeting with the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) on the review of the national curriculum to capture world class critical skills to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.

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