Education Ministry: No racial quota for entry to vocational colleges

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon said the government was building more vocational colleges to provide more places for students interested in taking up technical and vocational courses. — Saw Siong FengDeputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon said the government was building more vocational colleges to provide more places for students interested in taking up technical and vocational courses. — Saw Siong Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 — The Education Ministry said today it had not set any racial quota for intake of students into vocational colleges.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon said the government was building more vocational colleges to provide more places for students interested in taking up technical and vocational courses.

He said that since the Vocational Education Transformation Plan was introduced in 2012, some 81 vocational colleges went into operation throughout the country and five more were under construction.

“The provision of new places for vocational training does not depend on racial quota as it is open to all students who want to acquire the skills,” he said during Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat.

He was replying to a supplementary question from M. Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat) who wanted to know the efforts of the government in assisting minority groups such as the Indian community to obtain places in vocational colleges.

When replying to the original question from Kulasegaran on the number of students who succeeded in obtaining the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (Malaysia Skills Certificate), Chong said that to date, 2,273 graduates in the 2016 first cohort from 15 vocational colleges received the Vocational College Diplomas.

He said 12,997 graduates in the second cohort obtained similar diplomas in August this year.

“A total of 90.58 per cent of the 2,273 first cohort graduates had gained employment while 55.49 per cent of the 12,997 students in the second cohort were offered jobs even before completing their studies,” he said. — Bernama

Comment: It’s the awareness & perhaps language & culture barrier that limits the number of non Malay students in these vocational colleges (basically any public institutions). Therefore, it’s very important that non Malay students have a better command of the Malay language and this must start from primary schools, otherwise they would shun these public institutions.

SVM made equivalent to spm with 3 credits

PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry has announced that the Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) is equivalent to a Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia with three credits.

In a statement yesterday, Education director-general Datuk Seri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said the equivalent was for candidates who obtained the

academic Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) similar or better than 3.33, with credit in Bahasa Melayu SVM Code 1104 and the Vocational CGPA similar or better than 3.67 with competence in all vocational modules.

“Through the equivalent, Sijil Vokasional Malaysia students are eligible to further their studies to Diploma Vokasional Malaysia at Vocational Colleges, as well as obtain the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia to the highest level at Level 4.

“Apart from that, students are also eligible to continue their studies at public and private tertiary level using the SVM which had been given equivalent recognition.

“Students can also choose to improve their skills to a level higher via higher institutions of skills training,” he said.

Khair said the Vocational Education Transformation was one of the efforts to provide education opportunities to all. — Bernama

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2016/03/24/svm-made-equivalent-to-spm-with-3-credits/#ixzz44DOG784E

Putrajaya to add 5 vocational colleges under 11MP

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin chairs a special meeting in Parliament, Kuala Lumpur, today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, June 10, 2015.Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin chairs a special meeting in Parliament, Kuala Lumpur, today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, June 10, 2015.

Putrajaya plans to add five new vocational colleges under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP), including upgrading secondary schools to cater for the increasing demand.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tanjung Pengelih in Pengerang, Johor, has also been identified to be upgraded as a vocational college under the 11MP and offer courses in “oil and gas”.

He said the move was in line with the government’s efforts to produce more technically qualified human capital to cater for an increasing demand for “game changers” based on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

 

The target is in line with the country’s objective of increasing quality TVET graduates under the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) that was launched recently.

Muhyiddin said the thrust on TVET would be enhanced by improving the quality of TVET curricula led by industry as well as new collaborations between the ministry and TVET providers and other agencies.

“Through the National Education System Transformation Agenda, we are targeting an overall increase in TVET enrolment by 2.5 times to 650,000 (by 2025),” said Muhyiddin when winding up debate on 11MP for the Education Ministry in Dewan Rakyat today.

Muhyiddin said the setting up of vocational colleges would not be merely based on certain areas or parliamentary constituency but rather various factors would be taken into account, including the aspiration and needs of the local community and industry as well as other requirements like the financial status of the government.

He said the programmes would be carried out through the 80 vocational colleges, 91 community colleges and 33 polytechnic colleges throughout the country.

Muhyiddin said the marketability of TVET graduates in employment after completing their studies (between 3 to 6 months) last year was 73.9% for polytechnic graduates and 94.2% for graduates from community colleges.  – Bernama, June 10, 2015

Source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/putrajaya-to-add-5-vocational-colleges-under-11mp