By FLAVIOR CHISHALA –
GOVERNMENT has undertaken to upgrade infrastructure at Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts to mitigate the accommodation crisis at the tertiary institution.
Mininstry of Education, Vocational Training and Early Child Education Director for Vocational Entrepreneurship training Alex Simumba said the Government intends to upgrade the students’ accommodation as well as put up a new library.
Mr Simumba was speaking during the college’s graduation ceremony yesterday under the theme “50 years of contributing to national development through quality professional training and skills development”.
He said after 47 years of academic excellence, Evelyn Hone College badly needs to receive a major facelift to facilitate the transformation of the institution into an institution of technology training.
Mr Simumba the college had for a long time been contributing to the national development through the training of various professionals that have ended up becoming useful in the society.
Mr Simumba said the college deserves better looks befitting its status in society adding that some of the buildings that are in a state of neglect were tarnishing the image of the college.
He pledged Government’s continued support to the institution through technical and financial.
“We are grateful to this institution as it has continue to supply trained intellectuals both Zambians and non Zambians that help to market both the institution and our country as a whole to the outside world,” he said.
College principal Pascal Chewe said the almost 50 years of academic excellence by the institution coincides with Zambia’s 50 years independence and that the knowledge imparted in the graduands would continue to sell the nation to the outside world.
Mr Chewe urged the graduands to represent the institution well as they were being sent as ambassadors of Evelyn Hone College when they start life in the labour market.
“I appeal to all sponsors and guardians to support this institution through financial by sending more children to our institution.”
Evelyn Hone College Board Chairperson Fatson Goma appealed to Government to employ the graduating students so as to allow them to showcase their skills and develop the nation.
Mr Goma stressed that it was imperative to safeguard existing members of staff at the institution through various incentives so as to attract competent and reliable prospects.