Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo has challenged trade training institutions to position themselves for a smart Zambia.
Proffessor Luo says it was time tertiary intitutions begun offering courses in accordance to President Edgar Lungu’s vision of diversifying the economy away from mining.
She says institutions must now focus their attention to offering courses that are critical to the development of agriculture, tourism and industrialisation in line with the President’s vision.
The minister said the country needs skilled human resource she said is critical to the economic turn around of the country.
Institutions of higher learning should refocus their attention towards producing the skills needed, she said.
Professor Luo was speaking in Solwezi yesterday when she met board members, management and staff of Solwezi Trades Training Institute.
And Professor Luo has challenged management at Solwezi trades training institute to develop a human resource manual and a financial systems manual that will help in the effective running of the institution.
She said she was not impressed with too much bickering occuring at the institution which she said was as a result of lack of systems, processes and procedures that govern the running of the institution.