Chi­na­masa calls for sec­ond Na­tional Skills Sur­vey

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THE Gov­ern­ment has said the coun­try needs to con­duct a Na­tional Skills Sur­vey (NSS) to iden­tify any skills short­age and in­form pol­icy mak­ing and im­ple­men­ta­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

Pre­sent­ing the Mid–term pol­icy re­view state­ment in par­lia­ment last week, the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Pa­trick Chi­na­masa said the skills au­dit was long over­due as the last one was con­ducted 34 years ago.

The Min­is­ter said a skills au­dit will help in the coun­try’s in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and mod­erni­sa­tion ef­forts.

“A ma­jor as­pect of this strat­egy that Trea­sury is con­sid­er­ing sup­port­ing is the long over­due Na­tional Skills Sur­vey, given that the last sur­vey was done way back in 1982.

“Au­dit­ing the coun­try’s skills com­ple­ment will as­sist us in iden­ti­fy­ing skills gaps, that way in­form­ing our STEM devel­op­ment and train­ing plans. This is all in sup­port of the coun­try’s in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and mod­erni­sa­tion thrust, in line with the African Union’s Agenda 2063,” he said.

Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa said the coun­try’s shift to the new ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum will also serve as an op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress the is­sue of skills.

“Re­view of the na­tional cur­ric­ula for pri­mary and se­condary lev­els, how­ever, ben­e­fited from the dis­burse­ment of US$10,6 mil­lion un­der the Ed­u­ca­tion Devel­op­ment Fund ad­min­is­tered by Unicef. The re­view of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress skills short­ages in science and tech­nol­ogy, math­e­mat­ics and ICTs,” said Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa.

He said the Gov­ern­ment was in the process of for­mu­lat­ing a STEM pol­icy strat­egy tar­get­ing a 10 year pe­riod end­ing in year 2026.

The Min­is­ter said ini­tia­tives to de­velop hu­man cap­i­tal cre­ate scope for tech­nol­ogy part­ner­ships, and link­ages be­tween in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing and in­dus­try. — @nqot­shili.

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