MVTC Begins Classes
Thursday, 14th July 2016

First day of classes at MVTC for the 2016/2017 training cycle
First day of classes at MVTC for the 2016/2017 training cycle
Photo Credit: MYS P.A
Following a series of orientation activities and adequate planning, the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) July 7 commenced the running of regular classes at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) for its 2016/2017 training cycle, with an enrollment of 2,759 students. Prior to beginning their lessons, MYS Deputy Minister for Administration, Dr. T. Nancy Freeman, advised the students to: “Take your learning seriously. It it’s the real property that you have, not the houses, cars and other physical things that you may have that may perish. As long as you live, the knowledge you have will stay with you. “The future of your country is in your hands, the meaningful contributions you make toward it will guarantee that future for you,” she added. Technical, vocational education and training (TVET) was the shortest way for people to gain employment, she said, reiterating the Liberian Government’s commitment to creating access for more youth to gain vocational education. At the same time, Dr. Freeman challenged the students to eschew violence, urging them to channel whatever concerns they may have through the administration of the center or the ministry’s senior management team. “Don’t take to the streets or the media with your problems or concerns looking for solutions. They will not help you. Violence will only delay your learning process,” she warned. MVTC provides 80% practical and 20% theoretical training in TVET trades, including carpentry, masonry, electricity, plumbing, drafting, computer literacy, fine art, auto & heavy duty mechanics, among other skill sets. Female under Representation Of the 2,759 student population, only, 244 are females. MVTC director Wilfred Payne describes the figure as an under representation of females at center. Mr. Payne asked that more should be done to encourage girls to take interest in technical education, which according to him is the surest way of making one independent. He said MVTC was working with the senior management team of MYS and partners to create means for more females to obtain technical education. “Our enrollment is 2759, unfortunately, there is under representation in female enrollment as only 244 of them are females.” “We are seriously working with the MYS Senior Management to ensure that female students get scholarships or financial aid, to attend MVTC because over the years, we have observed that some of the students who enrolled here could not continue because of school fees, transportation and other reasons. “We are also working to make sure that those who have enrolled don’t drop out of school.”, Director Payne said. “The new TVET phenomenon is such that females be encouraged to get involved in traditionally male dominated trade areas like masonry, heavy duty mechanics, or carpentry,” . Payne added the ministry was working to erase the general notion that TVET is for academic drop outs, instead, he noted, it was for anyone who wishes to acquire such education. “We are also trying to erase the notion that TVET is for people who have failed in academic schools and their parents want to send to vocational schools. People are beginning to take interest in TVET because they see it as a career and the fastest means of gaining employment,” he said. Mr. Payne has praised the government, through MYS for the support toward the reopening of MVTC. Expanded Learning Facilities MVTC’s recent achievements have been heralded by the graduation on June 26, 2015 of 750 trainees (a good number of them in jobs through placement by the school), the dedication on November18 of a US10million China-built modern complex that has expanded learning facilities at the center, and the renovation of its old facilities, among other developments. Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and covering 6,000 square meters, the new compound is complete with seven buildings consisting of 15 classrooms, each with the space to accommodate 50 students. There is a 17-room dormitory (to be opened later) to host eight students to a room. Five rooms are set aside for girls, while the remaining 12 are for boys. Other learning facilities include four laboratories, one library. Also, there are seven offices, with five bathrooms; two living quarters for married and single staff, a 40-meter high water tower, a power-generator house, containing two machines: one 600KVA, the other100KVA; a fire-service house with a pool of water; one football field, a theater and two proposed courts, one for basketball, the other for volleyball. MVTC was constructed in 1978 by a World Bank Educational Fund. At the same time, a female student at the MVTC has encouraged her colleague to take advantage of the institution and acquire skills, which she believes will help them better their lives. Student Princess Boima who is in the Heavy Duty Mechanic Department noted that for too long female have sat at the back in the area of vocational skills and thinks it now time that they get involve. She said while it is true, many young girls would not want to venture in the areas of masonry, Heavy Duty Mechanic, electricity among others, but warned that they are usually preferred over their male counterparts on employment basis.


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