The Seychelles government is looking for ways to encourage students studying at the Seychelles Institute of Agriculture (SIAH) to stay in the agricultural sector after graduation.
A delegation from the Ministry of Employment, Agriculture and Education visited the school on Tuesday to talk to the students and see where they could improve. There are currently 133 students at the school.
According to the Minister of Employment, Patricia Fankurt, a lot of work needs to be done for these students to stay in the agricultural industry after graduation.
“A team working on our findings from these visits is now in place and we want all partners to work together to make the value of the profession of agriculture worthwhile and respectful,” he said.
Minister of Agriculture Flavien Jubbert, for his part, spoke on various aspects of agriculture that students need to know more about the subject.
Some of the students we spoke to said that this school was their last choice and that they only got it because their choice was rejected.
The Chelles Institute of Agriculture and Horticulture, located on the west coast of Mahe, Ance La Lamu, currently offers two courses – an Advanced Certificate in General Agriculture and an Advanced Certificate in Organic Gardening and Landscaping.
He told the Minister of Education, “What we are now asking from SIA is to offer other courses related to agriculture.” In addition, we must provide financial support for ways to encourage other students, including those who have completed advanced degrees, for courses offered at this institution.
He said the courses should focus not only on agriculture but also on other agricultural related subjects.
Valentine also shared the need to invest in school facilities in order to attract more students to pursue a career in agriculture.
Many students during the visit also had this view: The CIA is an academy for high school graduates.
“This attitude will only change with the types of courses offered,” he said. Courses should be more attractive to students and should be the way to higher education.
Valentine said he was disappointed by the CIA’s commitment to students and teachers, but said he was disappointed by the lack of resources and resources needed to make such a school work.
He said the Ministry of Education should also invest in the necessary facilities to provide these courses.
The institute was established by the then Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources in 1998 and currently owns more than six hectares of land.
To revitalize and strengthen the island nation’s agricultural sector in the Western Indian Ocean, in July 2019, the Cabinet approved a new policy for graduates of state-owned land plots for agricultural development.