By Bishop Witson
Kasama Community Technical College, an innovative college constructed along the gorgeous plateaus of Mafinga Hills in Chitipa, is ready for commissioning.
A visit by Malawi News Agency to the site over the weekend organized by officials from Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education Training Authority (TEVETA), indicated that works at the site are completed.
President Arthur Peter Mutharika is expected to officially open the college which was constructed by students at the institution with cement blocks.
Principal for the college, William Simbeye, said the opening ceremony for the institution will go alongside a graduation ceremony for students who underwent different trades since 2016.
Simbeye said 158 students who were studying plumbing, bricklaying, electric installation and electronics and carpentry are expected to graduate this year.
“Currently, the college is offering eight trades where we provide the on-job training for students who were taken from the community around the institution as well as other formal learners.
“Amongst them, especially those who were studying trades like bricklaying, carpentry and joinery and plumbing are the ones who have constructed the college through attachments,” said Simbeye.
Kasama was constructed with financial support from the World Bank, through TEVETA.
In his remarks, site agent at the institution, Macfarlene Mlenga, said the college was constructed using soil stabilized blocks in order to avoid destroying environment.
Government is constructing community technical colleges across the country with an aim to provide opportunity to the youth to acquire technical skills for self-employment.