Government has announced that following the roll out of the revised TEVET curriculum in all TEVET institutions in January 2017, the last Trade Test and Malawi Craft examinations will be administered in December 2019.
According to the Assistant Labour Commissioner (Trade Testing) in the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Mr. Joseph Chirombo and Malawi Examinations Board (MANEB) Director of Examinations Mr Gerson Mutala Phiri said this has been done to allow students that already started sitting for these examinations to finalise their courses, be assessed and certified by the bodies they enrolled with.
The two officials said this at a joint press conference held between the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, TEVET Authority, MANEB and Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Lilongwe.
“All continuing students of the trade testing system shall be assessed and certified until when they shall exit the Trade Test qualification ladder. It is expected that the last Trade Test examinations shall be administered in November/December 2019,” said Chirombo.
According to Chirombo external candidates, who largely used to benefit from the Trade Testing System, shall be reached with the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) system to verify their levels of competence and enable them access a full technical qualification.
“External candidates shall also be served under TEVET Informal Sector Training Programmes. Content delivered under these programs shall be of consideration during the RPL processes in order for external candidates to access full technical qualifications,” he added.
On his part, Mutala Phiri said in response to the harmonization process, MANEB has already written colleges as to how it will administer the last series of both Craft certificate examinations as well as the Advanced Craft Certificate.
“As regards Craft Certificate Examinations, there will be the 2017 March/April series and
2018 March/April series, while in the Advanced Craft Certificate examinations, there will be the 2017 November/December series, 2018 November/December series and finally the 2019 November/December series.
The examinations body urged all candidates who may have written Craft examinations and passed few components to take advantage of the transition period to finish the remaining components warning that after December 2019 there will be no such chance.
TEVET Authority Head of Training Programmes Mr. Cripson Daudi said as a regulator of TEVET in the country, TEVET Authority will make sure there's a smooth roll out of the revised curriculum, ensure that all stakeholders are fully oriented on the roll out of the harmonised curriculum requirements and make certain the availability of curriculum documents like modules, training manuals, logbooks, training calendar and training plan, among other documents.
“In addition, we will see to it that trainers have the capacity to deliver training and if there are gaps, fill up those gaps and see to it that colleges have the right training materials, tools and equipment needed to deliver the curriculum, “ he said.
The revised TEVET curriculum is a product of the harmonization of the three curricula that have been offered in the TEVET system which are: the National Trade Test managed and administered by Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development; the Malawi Craft and Advanced Craft managed and administered by Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) and the TEVET Qualification Framework managed and administered by TEVET Authority.
The merging of the three TEVET curricula is a response to the industry’s demands as the existence of three parallel qualifications has been causing confusion among TEVET stakeholders.
The use of the revised TEVET curriculum in the TEVET system means that one certificate, the Malawi TEVET Certificate, will be awarded to all students who started training in all public and private technical colleges from 9th January 2017.
An assessment unit comprising members from the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, TEVET Authority and MANEB will be responsible for assessment and certification of TEVET students being trained based on the revised curriculum. The certificates will be issued by Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development in conjunction with an independent assessment body.