Namibia’s insufficient skills market a challenge: Kandjii-Murangi

Generation and upkeep of a sufficient skills market is one of the biggest challenges Namibia faces, Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi has said.

Kandjii-Murangi was speaking at the graduation of 600 students from the Valombola Vocational Training Centre at Ongwediva today.

She said skills shortage has been identified as one of the biggest obstacles to the government reaching its economic growth targets.

There is widespread consensus that we are not yet equipped with the skills we need to grow economically, and more importantly, for the necessary employment growth so badly needed by Namibia's large number of unemployed individuals, the minister explained.

She said there is increasing concern about the high rate of unemployment in Namibia on one hand, and the shortage of specialised skills on the other, noting that technical and vocational education and training equips trainees with skills which can help them become self-employed and eventually contribute to the country's economic development.

Source: Namibia Press Agency