National Service to teach technical and vocational skills

New-look for National Service programme from 2016 onwards to include private sector involvement.

Hishammuddin_khidmat-negara_600PUTRAJAYA: Technical and vocational skills are to be taught to trainees in the National Service programme to prepare them for the job market, says defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein.

The new skills will add value to current modules on patriotism and unity and involve the private sector, he said.

Cabinet approval was sought last week, he said, for the new programme to be included in the 11th Malaysia Plan.

Hishammuddin said the involvement of the private sector would mean that the certificates given out would have more value, and the private sector would not simply reject job applications from former National Service trainees.

He expressed confidence that the new National Service session could begin early next year, after feedback on the new plans had been obtained from all concerned parties next week.

The prime minister, Najib Razak, had announced in his Budget speech in October that the National Service programme would be reviewed and new skills introduced. In January he also announced that this year’s programme would be postponed, to save RM400 million in costs, and allow a review.

More than 800,000 youths have undergone National Service training since it was introduced in 2004.


Kursus Induksi PPL & VTO bulan Mei; PP-PPD & PP-PPT bulan Jun


Salam kemahiran, berikut adalah jadual induksi yang bakal dianjurkan oleh I Smart Educare di Kepong Metro Prima bulan April & Mei.

PPL: 30-31 Mei
PP-PPD: 13-14 Jun
PP-PPT: 20-21 Jun

Masa: 8.30-5pm
Tempat: I Smart Educare, Kepong
Yuran: RM350 (+10 jika nak kita pos sijil)
Borang: Boleh muat turun di sini

* Yuran kursus istimewa RM100 ditawarkan kepada calon yang pernah ikuti kursus induksi yang sama dengan I Smart Educare dalam masa 2001-2014. PERLU BUKTI berikut:
Sijil asal induksi berkenaan.

Kami juga akan menawarkan program VTO (format COCU), iaitu Operasi Latihan Vokasional/Vocational Training Operation (I-031-3:2014) mulai:

Tarikh mula: 24 Mei
Masa: 8.30-5.30pm
Jadual: Setiap hujung minggu selama 5 bulan, diikuti oleh 6 bulan internship di PB pilihan sendiri
Tempat: I Smart Educare (Metro Prima Kepong)
*Jika nak kami jalankan di tempat anda (kalau ramai peserta ~10 orang), kena maklumkan sekurang-kurangnya 1 bulan ke atas.

Varsity CGPA to consist of academic, co-curricular activities

A picture of Malaysia’s oldest university, Universiti Malaya. The Education Ministry will now include students’ involvement in co-curricular activities into their cumulative grade point average, or CGPA. – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 14, 2015.A picture of Malaysia’s oldest university, Universiti Malaya.

The Education Ministry will now include students’ involvement in co-curricular activities into their cumulative grade point average, or CGPA. The cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of students at institutions of higher learning (IPT) will no longer be based solely on academic achievement as it will include their involvement in co-curricular activities as well.

Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said this would be implemented under the 2015-2025 Malaysian Education Blueprint – Higher Education (PPPM-PT) which would see the ministry’s intention to implement the integrated CGPA.

Through the initiative, CGPA will no longer be based on academic achievement alone and it will take into consideration, involvement in co-curricular, community and voluntary, skill and leadership activities.

“Presently, students who obtain all As in academic performance will obtain a CGPA of 4 or four flat but under the integrated CGPA, the student needs to be excellent on the overall to obtain four flat,” he told reporters after a briefing on PPPM-PT recently.He said the new CGPA would be implemented in the first shift of the PPPM-PT to produce enterprising, holistic and balanced graduates.

Discussions on the matter, he said, were being carried out at public universities and it might take some time before the new CGPA was implemented.

A PPPM-PT briefing for senior editors of the electronic and print media was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also education minister.

The briefing was held in view of its launch scheduled on April 7, by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Idris said the new plan would also continue to empower technical, vocational, education and training (TVET) as a premier choice.

He said the initiative on TVET programme was to provide diversity in education through vocational colleges, polytechnics and community colleges, as well as the four technical universities in the country.

“The objective of making TVET as a choice began during the launch of the transformation of vocational education in 2012, and it will continue to be enhanced as the community starts to accept TVET.

“TVET is seen as viable alternative to produce good graduates with certificate or diploma qualifications and obtain high-paying jobs,” he said.

He said TVET and co-curricular activities based on industry needs would make programme graduates more sought after by the industries.

PPPM-PT is a continuation of the School Sector PPPM and the National Higher Education Strategic Plan (PSPTN).

The new plan encompasses 10 shifts on enterprising, holistic, balanced graduates, higher education talent excellence, lifelong learning community and quality TVET graduates.

The six other shifts are financial sustainability, empowering governance, enhancement of ecosystem innovation, renowned system at global level; global online learning and delivery of higher education for transformation.

The plan has been translated into 100 initiatives in three waves, namely the first wave for 2013-2015, second wave from 2016 to 2020 and the third wave from 2021 to 2025. – Bernama, March 14, 2015


In race to hone talent, Penang to copy German vocational schools

Lim Guan Eng seen in this July 16, 2014 file picture. ― Picture by Choo Choy May Lim Guan Eng seen in this July 16, 2014 file picture. ― Picture by Choo Choy

MayKUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 — The German model of vocational training will soon become an integral part of human resource development in Penang, as the Pakatan Rakyat-led state launched today a multi-pronged approach to bolster what it claims to be flagging standards in the national education system.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state will be the first to adopt the German vocational school system, to help develop “high-performing education systems” that build both theoretical and practical skills.

“We must provide our youths with opportunities and supply them with platforms to demonstrate their talents and strengths,” he said of the system, which will be run within multi-national corporations operating out of Penang.

“It is only when we are bold enough to invest in education can we truly win the challenging future,” he added when launching the Engagement Science Technology Engineering English and Mathematics (ESTEEM) Teaching at the Karpal Singh Penang Learning Centre.

Apart from the new vocational system, Lim said his administration will also extend annual funding to all existing half-funded vernacular and religious schools, and build learning centres focused on teaching science, technology, English and mathematics.

Lim stressed that Malaysian students lag three years behind their peers in South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore based on the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) ranking, which rates the command of science, mathematics and reading among 15-year-olds.

He acknowledged that the Barisan Nasional federal governnment allocated some 20 per cent or RM56 billion of Budget 2015 for education, but claimed that the money will be spent “to satisfy the needs of bureaucrats” instead of improving on students’ learning.

“In fact, Malaysia spends less than Thailand in terms of education for students in their first 10 years of their education, from six years to 15 years old.

“Unless there is a paradigm shift towards investment in education, accompanied by high aspirations as a nation to build on human capital, we cannot be a high-income, developed economy,” he said, in a tacit reference to Putrajaya’s goal of achieving developed nation status by 2020.


Semua PB Swasta JPK perlu daftar GST

Adalah dimaklumkan bahawa semua PB Swasta yang berdaftar dengan JPK perlu membuat pendaftaran GST. Jabatan telah membuat rujukan daripada dokumen Warta Kerajaan Persekutuan bagi Perintah Cukai Barang dan Perkhidmatan (Pembekalan Dikecualikan) 2014 dan Akta Pendidikan 1996 [Akta 550] serta perbincangan dengan pegawai kastam bahagian GST bagi sektor pendidikan dan Pegawai Undang-undang (PUU) dari Kementerian Sumber Manusia (KSM) dan Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (KPM). Dokumen yang dirujuk adalah seperti berikut:

1)     Warta Kerajaan Persekutuan bagi Perintah Cukai Barang dan Perkhidmatan (Pembekalan Dikecualikan) 2014 bahagian Perkhidmatan Pendidikan perkara 14 (b)  dinyatakan;

“Berhubung dengan pendidikan tinggi yang disediakan kepada pelajar oleh penyedia institusi pendidikantinggi yang diluluskan di bawah Akta Pendidikan 1996, Akta Universiti dan Kolej Universiti 1971 [Akta 173] atau Akta Institusi Pendidikan Tinggi Swasta 1996 [Akta 555]”

dan perkara 16 (c) (iv) dinyatakan;

“Pendidikan tinggi yang mengikuti kursus pengajian sebagaimana yang ditetapkan di bawah Akta Pendidikan 1996, Akta Universiti dan Kolej Universiti 1971, Akta Universiti Teknologi MARA 1976, Akta Pendidikan Tinggi Swasta 1996 atau yang diakreditasi oleh Agensi Kelayakan Malaysia”

2)            Akta Pendidikan 1996 [Akta 550] perkara 34 dinyatakan;

(1)       Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Minister may establish and maintain the following educational institutions:

(a)        colleges, other than colleges with the status of University or University College established or deemed to be established under the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971;

(b)        special schools;

(c)        polytechnics; and

(d)      any other educational institution, the establishment or maintenance of which is not provided for under this Act or the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971.

(2)      The Minister may give grant-in-aid to an educational institution, not established by  him, falling within paragraph (1) (a) or (1) (b).

3)   Merujuk kepada Pegawai Undang-undang Kementerian Sumber Manusia dan   Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia menyatakan bahawa perkara 14 (b) , 16 (c) (iv) dan 34 (1) (d) adalah tidak meliputi untuk PB Swasta yang berada di bawah Akta Pembangunan Kemahiran Kebangsaan 2006 [Akta 652]

Kursus Induksi PP-PPD bulan Januari 2015 (Yuran serendah RM100*)

Salam kemahiran, berikut adalah jadual induksi yang bakal dianjurkan oleh I Smart Educare di Kepong Metro Prima awal tahun 2015.

PP-PPD: 17-18 Jan
PPL: 24-25 Jan
PP-PPT: 7-8 Feb

Masa: 8.30-5pm
Tempat: I Smart Educare, Kepong
Yuran: RM350 (+10 jika nak kita pos sijil)
Borang: Boleh muat turun di sini

* Yuran kursus RM100 adalah untuk calon yang pernah ikuti kursus induksi yang sama dengan I Smart Educare dalam masa 2001-2014. PERLU BUKTI berikut:
Sijil asal induksi berkenaan.

Untuk kes-kes ulangan (refresher course) yang lain (bukan ikuti dengan I Smart sebelum ini ataupun tidak dapat buktikan dengan sijil, yuran istimewa juga akan diperuntukkan.
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Pay vocational graduates proportionately: Khairy

KUALA LUMPUR: Industries should offer graduates of vocational and skills training institutes salaries which commensurate with the qualification and skills they possess, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

According to him, the salaries offered so far were not up to expectations, despite the high amount spent by the government in improving the quality of education at vocational and skill training institutes.

“Several countries with high technical competency such as Germany, Japan and South Korea have raised the standard of training skills that people in these countries have such high regards for those in these fields,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after delivering a talk titled ‘Malaysia’s Human Capital Towards High Income Economy’ at the University of Technology Malaysia’s (UTM) Kuala Lumpur campus, here Thursday.

Khairy said, the public, especially parents too needed to change their perception that only students who do not excel academically go through vocational education and skill trainings.

“Most parents want their children to be doctors, engineers, lawyers without seeing the potential of their children in the technical field, a field which is just as important for the economic development of the country,” he said.

Khairy said, graduates of vocational and skill training institutes also have high employability value.

He cited the National Youth Training Institute (IKBN) as having graduate employability level of up to 83 percent and efforts were being made to increase it to 90 percent by 2016.

“IKBN work alongside with several big companies such as Petronas, Samsung and Tan Chong Motors and Automotive Institute of Malaysia to ensure courses available suit industries’ needs and these companies provide training for students,” he said.

Source: (5th December 2014)




1.Adalah dimaklumkan bahawa JPK telah meluluskan pengecualian lawatan verifikasi boleh diberikan kepada PB yang memperolehi penarafan bintang CEMERLANG (“5”) bagi program berkaitan dan jenis permohonan seperti berikut:

a.Pembaharuan permohonan pentauliahan;
b.Pentauliahan penambahan program bagi peningkatan tahap program yang sama; dan
c.Pentauliahan perubahan program NOSS jumud atau dikaji semula bagi program sedia ada

2.Sehubungan itu, pusat bertauliah yang berkenaan boleh mengemukakan permohonan kepada Jabatan untuk pengecualian lawatan bagi program yang mendapat penarafan CEMERLANG (“5 Bintang”) dengan melengkapkan  Borang Permohonan Pentauliahan Pusat Bertauliah dan Program Kemahiran (JPK/T/KAPPK/01) sedia ada beserta borang Maklumat Tambahan Bagi Permohonan PB Yang Memperolehi Penarafan Program Cemerlang Untuk Pengecualian Lawatan Verifikasi seperti di Lampiran 1. 

3.Bagi PB yang tidak mengemukakan permohonan pengecualian lawatan, lawatan verifikasi akan dijalankan mengikut prosedur sedia ada.

4.Kelulusan pengecualian lawatan verifikasi ini berkuatkuasa mulai 1 September 2014.

Ketua Pengarah
Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran


Vocational courses no longer second choice, says DPM

JOHOR BARU: Technical studies and vocational courses are no longer seen as the second choice among students who choose to pursue tertiary studies in non-academic fields.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that the courses have become the first choice as such skills have highly marketable prospects upon graduation.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister said Saturday that besides community colleges and institutions, a lot of higher education institutions like Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (UTHM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) offering diploma and degree courses in the skill-based courses.

“I encourage more SPM or similar graduates to take the opportunity to continue their studies in technical and vocational courses to add to the high-skill, high-income workforce in the country,” he said.

Muhyiddin said that in his speech during the closing ceremony of the “Jom Masuk U” carnival at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) here.

Source: The Star Online

Kursus Induksi PP-PPD (terakhir sebelum bulan Puasa / Raya)

Tarikh: 21-22 Jun 2014
Masa: 8.30-5pm
Tempat: I Smart Educare, Metro Prima Kepong @ ISBA UK Academy, Kepong (tertakhluk kepada jumlah peserta)

WAJIB untuk: PPB (Pengurus Pusat Bertauliah), PPD (Pegawai Pengesah Dalaman) & PP (Pegawai Penilai)

Jika berminat, sila muat turun borang di sini dan emel ke ismarteducare [at]

Segala kemudahan kursus, nota, makan dan minum disediakan sepanjang tempoh kursus dijalankan.

PS: Bagi mereka yang berminat untuk dilantik sebagai PP-PPT, kursusnya juga akan dianjurkan pada 21-22 Jun 2014 (Daftar awal untuk pengesahan tempat)