Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik at Putrajaya today. Pix by NSTP/Luqman Hakim ZubirBy Hashini Kavishtri Kannan – April 26, 2019 @ 2:54pm
PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry is looking into re-branding technical and vocational education and training (TVET) programme.
This also includes the possibility of changing its name to be more appealing, said Dr Maszlee Malik.
The Education ministry said it would undertake efforts to make TVET as a mainstream choice for students, instead of it being viewed as a second option.
“Currently, the stigma among the people is that TVET is a second choice and that they will not succeed if they take up TVET programmes.
“Therefore, the ministry will spearhead initiatives to change the stigma and perception including the possibility of changing of the name of TVET,” he said today.
Maszlee said TVET and vocational training is not something that people looked at highly.
“We have to acknowledge and appreciate that human skills are different from one another, and that there are people who could excel in the field of TVET.
“We, at the ministry are committed to bring up TVET as a top of choice of study,” he told reporters at an event organised by Education Ministry to announce three new initiatives that will be undertaken by community colleges to improve and enhance quality of education in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0).
The three new initiatives are the ACES, Maker Market and Pondok Perdana.
Maszlee said ACES, an acronym for Apprenticeship, Professional Certification, Entrepreneurship and ‘Sijil Kolej Community’ are four pathways for secondary school leavers to take up TVET programmes at community colleges.
The Maker Market is an initiative taken by these colleges to collaborate with industry players, including Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation Sdn Bhd (MDEC), to create industry ready workers.
“Pondok Perdana, the third initiative, is to empower and value-add the skills of ‘pondok’ students through more structured and organised programmes.
“Through this, community colleges would cater certificate and diploma programmes to these students,” he added.
Also present were Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin and Polytechnic and Community College Education Department director-general Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Ismail Abd Aziz.
Comment: TVET is already an internationally recognised name, what rebranding are you talking about Dr Maszlee?? You think rebranding is just a change of name?
Has the Ministry discussed with the various stakeholders?
Heard from a source saying the name might be changed to
Certificate In Practical Engineering Technology or CIPET!