WINDHOEK: Nine students graduated here on Thursday evening after completing a two-year Commercial Advancement Training Scheme (CATS) Programme at the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN).
The students are already employed in the transport sector.
The CATS programme is aimed at proactively meeting the education and training needs of the transport industry to empower underprivileged young people, and to contribute to Namibia becoming a competitive global player by providing a skilled and educated workforce.
In a speech read on his behalf by his Special Advisor Errol Tyobeka, PoN Rector Tjama Tjivikua said for Namibia to become a competitive global player will require that it develops a skilled and educated workforce.
He said education is one of the primary driving forces for the country to achieve the goals of Vision 2030.
Tjivikua explained that CATS equips candidates with fundamental world-class business administration knowledge and skills.
The rector expressed concern that the United Nations’ Development Programme (UNDP) Report of 2011 shows that with respect to the human development index, Namibia is ranked 123rd in the world.
The index assesses human development in relation to three factors, namely health, education and income.
In comparison to other African countries, Namibia is doing relatively well, but still needs to catch up with other countries such as Mauritius, Botswana and Tunisia.
“However, less encouraging news comes from the World Forum Report on Global Competitiveness, which paints a picture that our global competitiveness is dropping considerably from having been ranked 83rd in 2011 to the most recent ranking of 96th,” Tjivikua added.
The drop in global competitiveness is ascribed to major weaknesses in health and education, suggesting that Namibia’s enrolment in education remains low, and the quality of activities requires serious attention.
Tjivikua further stated that the country needs to do more to harness new technologies to improve productivity.