An official of the World Bank Liberia Office has said the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) policy launched by the government will undoubtedly contribute to enhancing the employability of Liberian youth.
World Bank Country Manager Inguna Dobraja, however, said this will require greater coordination and collaboration between the current governing bodies of the TVET sub-sector like the Ministries of Youth and Sports, Agriculture and Education as well as the National Commission on Higher Education, until the Liberia TVET Commission is established.
She made the remarks in a statement delivered on her behalf by an Economist of the Bank, Daniel Kwabena Boakye, at the launch of the National Policy on TVEY and its 5-year operational plan in Monrovia on Tuesday.
She said in the interim, the policy proposes employing remedial programs in the TVET curriculum to fill the gap, pointing out that over the medium to long-term, the educational system as a whole must improve.
“It is also hoped that while building a solid TVET system, the government will explore other complementary skills development programs for the youth such as apprenticeship and internships,” Dobraja added.
Meanwhile, the World Bank Country Manager has commended the Liberian Government for its farsightedness to have launched the National TVET Policy, which, she noted, will go a long way in developing the human resource capacity of Liberia.
Dobraja has at the same time emphasized the readiness of the World Bank to support the government in enhancing the employability of Liberia’s workforce through the implementation of the TVET and other related programs.