‘GOL Must Increase Subsidy to Vocational, Technical Institutions’

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The Director of Netlib Vocational Training Institute (NVTI), Roland S. Kamara, has called on the government to increase subsidies to vocational and technical institutions in the country as a way of creating employment opportunities for the youth population.

In an interview yesterday with the Daily Observer at his Congo Town office, Mr. Kamara said increasing subsidies to vocational and technical institutions will create the basis for young people to acquire skills to build their employment capacities.

“Not everyone can go to college or university, and vocational and technical education is there to prepare them to develop the (skills) to sustain themselves,” he said.

Mr. Kamara noted that increase in subsidies to the various vocational and technical institutions will also help to reduce tuition for students.

NVTI has graduated more than 700 students who are contributing to society as well as developing their lives, Director Kamara pointed out.

According to him, the females have been seriously involved in acquiring vocational and technical skills at the NVTI over the years. He called on young people to take advantage of vocational and technical education.

Many young people are yet to see the need for vocational and technical education, Kamara said noting that the prospect for vocational and technical education is enormous in Liberia.

For the past eight years, he said, NVTI has been providing 11 disciplines, including plumbing, carpentry, masonry, Computer Hardware and Software. The other courses are auto mechanics, architectural drafting, hotel management, pastry and catering, interior decoration, tailoring and cosmetology.

“Large corporate institutions in Liberia need to make vocational and technical education part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to deserving students because vocational and technical graduates get employment quickly than those who graduate from other (schools),” he said.

It may be recalled that the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, comprising of over 30 Senators and Representatives, recently expressed disappointment over the selection and allocation of school grants across the country, including local and foreign scholarships, in the 2015/2016 Fiscal Budget of the Ministry of Education and cited Minister George Werner to appear to address the issue yesterday, August 8.

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