KUALA LUMPUR – The national vocational education system has successfully delivered quality students and this is proven when most of its graduates received employment in the industry, said the Deputy Minister of Education Datuk P Kamalanathan.
“In 2016, 90 percent of the graduates are employed and as of now, 65 percent of its students are employed.
“This shows that we are producing good quality vocational students and they are well received by the industry,” he said at the House of Representatives today.
He said, besides, providing a good education system, the ministry also provides hands on experience to the vocational students such as helping them in their placements in the industry.
“We have various exposures in the vocational education system. Besides the academics, we place them in the industry.
“That is the way forward for the vocational students. We wish to equip them with the experience they need to carry their duties well in the future,” he said.
According to Kamalanathan, the country can no longer depend on the foreign skilled-workers.
“Personally, I think that a developed country cannot depend on foreign skilled-workers. That is why the PM allocated a good budget in the TVET programme,” he said.
Last September, Najib highlighted several initiatives to transform the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) of the country, which included developing a comprehensive TVET Masterplan.
He said, the masterplan will be managed by the Ministry of Human Resources with the help of several other ministries involved with TVET such as the Higher Education Ministry and the Ministry of Education.
For the second initiatives, the Prime Minister has allocated RM50 million from the 30 percent accumulated funds from the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) for the purpose of TVET.
However, he also acknowledged that only seven percent of the students across the country take up TVET after their Form Three.
He added, various efforts had been implemented to increase the entry of students into TVET institutions and vocational colleges, besides giving them exposure on career prospects after graduating from the vocational colleges.
“The Education Ministry has been transforming the TVET since 2012 to uplift the status of this stream as a premier stream to help realise the government’s aspiration of meeting the country’s need for skilled workers by 2020,” he said in reply to a question from Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR-Lembah Pantai) in the House of Representatives today. – MalaysiaGazette