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RM50m for TVET will help produce more high-skilled grads

KUALA LUMPUR: The RM50 million allocated by the government on  strengthening  Technical Education and Vocational Training(TVET) will encourage and boost the institutions involved to provide more programmes and  at the same time, produce more high-skilled graduates.

Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) deputy vice-chancellor (Research & Innovation), Professor Dr Ruzairi Abdul Rahim said the allocation will be able to provide a clearer direction for vocational diploma students to continue their studies at tertiary level.

He said the allocation channeled to universities within the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN) focusing on teaching TVET programmes, including UTHM, will allow universities to offer more facilities, such as courses, laboratories and equipments.

“For example, vocational diploma graduates face difficulties in pursuing undergraduate studies because most of the universities are lacking of TVET-based facilities. The allocation provided will aid the universities to provide the necessary pathways,” he added.

The amount allocated amounting to RM30million will be under TVET Wibawa Fund, while another RM20 million is provided for the Bootcamp Programme which is to increase youth competence.

Meanwhile, Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) deputy vice-chancellor (Student Affairs & Alumni), Prof Datuk Dr Yuserrie Zainuddin, said the allocation is also in line with the university’s funding requirements which are to introduce six undergraduate Bachelor’s degree courses based on technology in 2019.

He said UMP needed the funding to start the courses which involve teaching and learning facilities, as well as providing training related technological courses to lecturers to ensure they master effective teaching techniques.

Prof Yuserrie said the allocation provided also highlighted the government’s concern in recognising the field of TVET and highly skilled workers, in line with the importance and progress of the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

“Malaysia is slightly delayed in focusing and recognising TVET compared to Germany and Japan that are in the forefront focusing on technology and skills for their students.

“However, I am grateful that the government continues to provide funds through the Budget 2019 which is seen to produce hands-on graduates, high-tech nation and workers,” he said.

Source: www.nstonline

Ministry developing programmes to help technical students entry into TVET programmes

Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said that this was part of the government’s efforts to resolve the issue of accreditation of graduates from vocational colleges, which had deterred them from pursuing their education at institutes of higher learning. NSTP/ Asyraf Hamzah

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry is collaborating with the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN) to facilitate entry by Malaysian Diploma Vocational (MDV) students to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes.

Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said that this was part of the government’s efforts to resolve the issue of accreditation of graduates from vocational colleges, which had deterred them from pursuing their education at institutes of higher learning.

“MDV graduates can further their education to a bachelor’s degree at public institutes of higher learning (IPTA) and private institutes of higher learning (IPTS) on the account that their Malaysian Vocational Certificate is equivalent to 3 Credit Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) as set by the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate.

“At this time, the ministry and the Malaysian Technical University Network is collaborating to develop a programme to strengthen their qualifications for TVET entry, especially for students from MDV.

“MDV graduates can also get jobs in industries subject to the terms and requirements of employers,” she said in reply to a question from Nurul Izzah Anwar (PH PKR-Permatang Pauh) during Questions and Answers session at the Dewan Rakyat today.

Teo said all MDV programmes by vocational colleges need to undergo accreditation by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and applications for 615 programmes had been received since June 2016.

She said out of that number, around 83 percent or 510 programmes have received temporary accreditation.

Teo said 428 programmes had been accepted for full accreditation, 12 programmes had received full accreditation and 54 programmes were in the process of fulfilling the conditions to obtain full accreditation.

She added 362 programmes were being evaluated in order to meet the requirements for full accreditation, which is expected to be finished by next year.

She said student entry into vocational colleges this year was 14,243 compared to 16,728 last year. Although the number had increased in 2013 from 15,916 to 18,022 (2014), it dropped to 17,544 in 2015 and 2016 (12,875).

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