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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 06:52 - Updated Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:47

Angola needs trained cadres with quality and rigor - says minister

Luanda - The Angolan Higher Education Minister, António André, said Monday in Luanda that the country needs trained cadres with quality and rigor to contribute to the country's development.

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António Miguel André, Minister of Higher Education

Photo: Lino Guimaraes

The minister said so when he participated in the inauguration of the Tocoist Polytechnic Higher Education Institute, linked to the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the World.

He said that it is not possible to develop the country without highly trained and qualified staff, so it is urgent to bet on training with quality and scientific rigor.

"It is necessary to respect the existing legislation on Higher Education, consolidating the current courses and making a rigorous assessment of the quality of knowledge that is taught to future professionals in the country", he said.

He suggested to the managing board of the Tocoist Polytechnic  Higher Education Institute to consolidate firstly its courses taught since 2016 before moving on to other specialties in order to achieve the desired rigor.

The minister commended the initiative of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the World to be based on the National Plan of Staff Training, outlined by the government to carry out its educational project as a partner of the State.

The official expressed his satisfaction at the progress made in the Institute's laboratories throughout 2016, and admitted to be surprised by the efforts made by this institution, despite the financial difficulties the country is facing.

He defended the need of higher education institutions in the country to exchange experiences, aiming for a greater rigor in the curricular plans of the various courses taught in each of the academic units.

The referred Tocoist school has the capacity to host three thousand students and teaches courses of Civil Engineering, Electrotechnical Engineering, Architecture, Accounting and Finance and Sociology.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by the provincial governor of Luanda, Higino Carneiro, the Secretaries of State for Culture and Science Technology, Cornélio Caley and João Teta respectively, Luanda's deputy governor for social policy, Jovelina Imperial, and representatives of recognized churches.

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