The Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, through its Directorate of Tertiary and Higher Education on the 27th of July, 2021, conducted its 12th National Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Committee meeting.
The quarterly meeting served as a platform whereby partners and stakeholders of TVET meet to discuss and share updates on progress and challenges with regards TVET Roadmap activities, policy reforms, among others.
In his opening remark, the Deputy Permanent Secretary (Technical) of the Ministry, Yusupha Touray, welcomed the TVET Committee members who were present both virtually and in person. The DPS informed members of the TVET Policy validation which will be held soon.
In his speech, the Technical Advisor and Coordinator of Job, Skills and Finance at The International Trade Centre (ITC), Yusupha Keita, stated that as the country awaits the TVET Policy validation, it is important that the TVET Committee is aware of its roles and responsibilities. Also, he informed that there is the establishment of subgroups which will enable the facilitation of different functions of the committee.
The subgroups, he said, are divided into five and based on the alignment of the TVET National Roadmap document and the TVET Policy. The subgroups were suggested to encompass the following areas: TVET Policy Funding and Sector Skill Council - Labour Market and Skills Intelligence - Standards for Application and Apprenticeship - Teacher Training Upscaling and TVET Capacity, and TVET Delivery and Student Engagement.
In her presentation, the MoHERST Head of TVET Unit, Fatou Janneh, emphasized that the TVET policy, which is a national document as well as the TVET Roadmap, needs to ‘speak to each other for greater impact'. This, she said, is the idea behind the alignment.
Ms Janneh outlined that the TVET Policy has nine pillars. They include; Expanding Access, Apprenticeship, Digital Delivery, Funding, Data Management, Integration of TVET Graduates, among others.
The meeting also saw presentations from the Director of Tertiary and Higher Education, Anthony Mendy, who gave an update on the TVET Policy reform and the TVET consultant Martin Christian Kent, who discussed on the 2021 roadmap activities and their alignment. Members also gave key updates on their various activities, sharing progress and challenges leading to further discussions and inputs.