Ministry of Education unveils framework to expand job opportunities

By Jacob Mosenda

Dar es Salaam. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has launched a national qualification system with international standards to, among other things, create more employment opportunities for Tanzanians abroad.

The Tanzania Qualifications Framework (TQF), the draft of which was leaked yesterday to various education stakeholders for review and comment on further improvements, will facilitate the transfer of personnel to the Development Community of Southern African (SADC) and East African Community (EAC) Member States.

“We want to harmonize our academic qualifications while aligning the standards, knowledge, skills and competencies required for the labor market within and outside the country’s borders,” said Prof. Eliamani Sedoyeka, Secretary staff of the Ministry of Education.

He noted that the TQF was created due to the fact that Tanzania never had such a guide, which resulted in many Tanzanians missing out on job opportunities abroad or even in the country by foreign investors.

He said the preparation of the TQF was in line with the SADC Qualification Framework but also focused on the Protocol on the Establishment of the East African Community Common Market, Section D, which deals with the “free movement of persons and labour” as well as on article no. 12 on “harmonization and mutual recognition of academic and professional qualifications”.

“TQF also aims to balance and harmonize the country’s professional qualifications and awards by developing a standard-setting system, identifying the knowledge that will be provided, providing professionals with the skills needed in the job market, and enabling citizens to develop academically at home and abroad,” he said.

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He further noted that the system takes into account levels of higher education, technical education and vocational training (TVET), basic education, adult education and informal systems.

On his part, Dr. Noel Mbonde who is the Director of Technical Education and Vocational Training at the Ministry said, “This is the only document that will enable most of us Tanzanians to work in other countries because they will already be aware of the kind of education we have.

He said that often, within the many international organizations present in the country, employees come mostly from countries whose national qualification frameworks are already internationally recognized as meeting the required criteria.

“Currently, our professionalism and capabilities are not well demonstrated overseas. So when we complete this framework, we will create a document that will spread around the world and identify the type of education we offer,” he said.

He noted that the initiative will introduce the qualification of Tanzanian academics and facilitate greater trust even by other employers abroad.