VICTORIA – SEYCHELLES plans to have a new technical and vocational school within the next TWO years.

National news agency, SNA, says the academic facility is scheduled some time in 2020 on ILE SOLEIL, a man-made isle on the east coast of the main island of MAHE.

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It says President DANNY FAURE has announced the plans for the school in his State of the Nation Address, saying the country should better prepare the youth from a young age.

He says such an arrangement will enable youngsters to gain the knowledge and make them competent to integrate into the economic sector.

President FAURE says the college will cater for students from SECONDARY THREE Level, calling on the private sector to collaborate in the construction and management of the facility.

The Head of State says the government will pay for the education of all children who go to the school.

Education and Human Resources Development Minister JOEL MORGAN has commended the facility as another national instrument to better train students technically and in skills development.

He says the State is finalising the plans and mobilising resources for the new school, aimed to allow students to learn in a specialised place and prepare them before post-secondary education.

Minister MORGAN says after the technical training in mechanics, plumbing, electrical, masonry, carpentry and others, students can then fit directly into the SEYCHELLES Institute of Technology.

He says they will also be able after the school to join the Maritime Training Academy, since there currently is a lot of emphasis on aquaculture, which will open different possibilities for the nation.

Minister MORGAN says people in the INDIAN Ocean island country should prepare for chances in areas like fisheries science, navigation, technical expertise in biology, chemistry and food science.

ONE primary school teacher, JOHNACIA SULTAN, has commended the imitative, saying it will encourage some previously reluctant students to take interest in technical studies.

SNA quotes a parent formerly in the education sector, KATHLEEN BONNELAME, as saying the technical and vocational school will help address poor performances in State schools.

She says parents welcome the move because children who perform poorly in academic studies will have the chance to develop and acquire skills that qualify them to join the world of work.

Minister MORGAN says the authorities are discussing ways for the new school to integrate students from PRASLIN and LA DIGUE, the other TWO major islands among the total 115.

The SEYCHELLES Cabinet Member says the government further plans to build a similar technical and vocational school to cater for all kids in the country of some 95-THOUSAND-235 people./Sabanews/cam

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