THE ministry of higher education has postponed the opening of the 2016 academic year for institutions under the Technical Education, Vocational, and Entrepreneurship Training (TEVET).
Minister of higher education Michael Kaingu said the opening date has been postponed from the 11th of January 2016 to 18th January 2016.
“ The ministry of higher education wishes to inform all trades training institutions and colleges, parents, sponsors, and students that the opening date for the 2016 training year, which was scheduled for Monday 11th January 2016, has been postponed to Monday 18th January 2016,’’ the minister said.
He said the decision was to pave way for the grade nine school leavers who would wish to submit their entries for the two-tier education and vocational training system.
He said the date for the returning students was also moved from 18th January to 25 of the same month.
“ In the case of returning students, the opening date is postponed from 18th January to 25th January 2016, This postponement in opening dates is intended to provide an opportunity for grade 9 school leavers to seek, if they wish, entry into the two-tier education and vocational training system,” he added.
He explained that his ministry was offering the two-tier education and vocational training system in some of the trades training institutions.
The minister said the system would provide an opportunity for the school leavers to follow an education and vocation training programme which would combine the normal grade 10 academic curriculum and trade test vocational training curriculum.
“ The ministry of higher education is offering the two-tier education and vocational training system in some of our trades training institutions, in this system grade 9 school leavers are offered the option to follow an education and vocational training programme, which combines the normal grade 10 academic curriculum, as well as the trade vest vocational curriculum, ‘’ he said