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Tanzania: Bogus ICT Trainers Under Fire
Source: Tanzanai Daily News
Source Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: Tanzania
Created: Oct 23, 2012

The government has called upon the private sector to augment investments in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector while deploring bogus investors who overlook appropriate procedures for establishing learning institutions. This was said over the weekend by the Deputy Minister of Education and Vocational Training Mr Philip Mulugo at the 19th graduation ceremony of the Learnit Institute of Business and Technology where 220 students graduated with degrees, advanced Diplomas and Diplomas. "As we are continually inviting investors in the ICT sector because of its vital role to the economy, the government is pledging to further improve investment climate by removing all red tapes," he said. The substantial investments in the ICT, he said were crucial not only for enhancing healthy competition geared at promoting quality of education but more importantly to bring the nation into the middle income by 2025. Mr Mulugo however warned few bogus investors who ignore proper procedures put by the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) that the government will continually take stern measures to ensure quality. He said ICT industry is one of the sectors which offer huge potentials for creating massive employments, a necessary element in the government efforts to alleviate abject poverty from its people. "You need to train your students to be creative and embark on self employment mechanism which could ultimately result into more jobs to absorb more unemployed people," he said. The Learnit Institute of Business and Technology Director Ms Sharmila Bhatt said the institute has so far produced more than 3,000 graduands employed in both public and private sector of the economy. "With the growing demand of trained professionals in Business and ICT, Learnit directs all its efforts in improving the quality of learning environment and delivery of all the courses to meet standards set by the National Computing Centre (NCC) Education Ltd, a global provider and awarding body in the UK," she said. Learnit started its operations in Tanzania in 1993 under the umbrella of Soft-Tech Consultants Ltd as pioneers in the field of ICT and its mission today is to empower Africa through ICT. "We at the time, believed that an investment in education in the field of ICT will assist in building the required manpower for the country which in turn can be an enabling environment for rapid development," she added. The NCC representative Ms Bev O'Donovan urged the graduates to use the skills obtained for creating better individual and national future.
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