Kombolcha Polytechnic College develops modular curriculum for automotive short-term trainees

Kombolcha Polytechnic College develops modular curriculum for automotive short-term trainees

By Amanuel Endris

Kombolcha Polytechnic College, through East African Skills Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP), has developed modular curriculum for short-term courses in automotive training sector.

Mr. Eyasu Yimer, industrial liaison specialist for KPC-EASTRIP, has given an overview on the rationale of developing and preparing a new market-driven short-term training program and training teaching and learning materials (TTLM) held at Melbourne Hotel, Dessie Town, from 6 to 20 June 2022.

In his briefing, Eyasu proposes that development and preparation of the curriculum and TTLM should explore and assess the East African market linkages in a manner that benefits all segments of society, including women and people with disabilities- and should serve as a standardized short term training guide. He reiterated that the prepared curriculum and training materials should help facilitate East African Regional Integration and benefit trainees from the region.

The market-oriented short term training curriculum and TTLM for automotive training sector is developed and designed in English , taking into account the foreign trainees that come from East African Countries. Mr. Eyasu has emphatically told that clarity and consistency of the material to be prepared is a must. He added reviewing the existing curriculum and TTLM should be put into account.

Mr. yilikal Tesfaye, KPC-EASTRIP Manager, has revealed that composition and selection of team members for this curriculum and TTLM preparation is based primarily on practical and immense experience, capacity and exposure in designing and developing curriculum and TTLM in automotive sector. He also told that being teacher or trainer in polytechnic colleges, and educational and training qualifications in the field of automotive technology were parts of criteria for selection.

Mr. Yilikal has welcome questions, suggestions and comments for improvement and clarity. Questions relating to financial payments and provision of lodging and food have been raised and sought clarifications and, in fact, deserved administrative explanations. Allocating sufficient time and ensuring access to electricity and internet services were important issues team members raised for discussion as these resources are prerequisites which heavily determine the timely completion of the material.

Electricity break-ups and internet disconnections were identified as likely dreads that might encounter in the midst of the curriculum preparation. After Mr. Yilikal has briefly addressed the questions and settled the matter, participants of the curriculum development have formed groups and appointed a team leader.

Mr. Zelalem Taye, Director of Education and Training for the Labor and Training Bureau of the Amhara Regional State, has been made team leader- charged with the responsibility of coordinating and monitoring the whole team members who are charged with the function of curriculum and TTLM development.

After rigorous work for more than a fortnight, the team has accomplished the curriculum designation and presented the final draft. The curriculum entitled “Automotive Under Chassis Service: Short Term Training”- TVET Curriculum Version 1, so named version 1 because it is prepared for the first time. This is designed based on Version 3 of the National Occupational Standard of December 2021.

Following the presentation, experts have forwarded questions, comments and suggestions that will help broaden or condense the material. Two questions, among others, forwarded for explanations included these: “How do you think the prepared curriculum will ultimately achieve the expected outcome?” and the second question was related to the inclusion of wheel alignment machine as content. The college gets most short-term trainees from enterprises. These enterprises could not afford such an expensive machinery. So the question is that “How is it possible to train the wheel alignment content without the machine?”

Responding to the questions, team members said that the college is working to become an East African centre of excellence, and the curriculum has been designed with this in mind. In other words, the short-term curriculum is developed not only for trainees in the locality but also for trainees that will come from East African countries, particularly Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

In the end, comments on the overall preparation of the material have been made. The fact that the curriculum is prepared based on the national occupational standard OS in a manner that explores the market corridors, and the attempt in the contents to take into account the East African linkage, incorporation of entrepreneurship contents , have all contributed to the conclusion that the team have produced a wonderful and best quality of short term modular training curriculum.

The Writer is a Public Relations Officer at Kombolcha Polytechnic College

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