PUTRAJAYA: The TVET task force headed by Nurul Izzah Anwar (pic) has suggested that a special commission to coordinate the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) implementation be set up.
Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said it was suggested that the implementation under the commission be overseen by two ministries, Education and Human Resources, during a recent Cabinet meeting.
“It was an idea by Nurul Izzah to table a motion in Parliament for the establishment of a TVET commission.
“It expresses our seriousness to enhance TVET and bring it to the next level.
“I hope we will make it a reality,” Dr Maszlee told reporters after attending a national industry dialogue titled “Living Skills in the 21st Century: TVET Empowerment/Initiative” yesterday.
Nurul Izzah chairs a task force to strengthen and improve TVET.
Currently, seven ministries are overlooking TVET.
A coordination committee has been approved by the Cabinet, he said, to coordinate TVET activities between the ministries.
On the duties of the task force headed by Nurul Izzah, Dr Maszlee said it is tasked to conduct research across all ministries that provide TVET education and training.
“The role of (her) committee is to make recommendations on how our TVET system can be improved.
“This includes a review of our current laws in TVET education and training, as well as the idea for a TVET commission,” he added.
Dr Maszlee said TVET was given emphasis during the mid-term review of the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) 2016-2020 and the tabling of Budget 2019.
This is the way forward, he said, emphasising that collaboration between the Education Ministry and industry showed “we are on the right track”.
The government also plans to conduct a major mapping exercise to ensure TVET programmes meet industry standards set by professional accreditation bodies, he added.