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Dr M: TVET to be prioritised to enhance people’s income

Watch the video at Astro Awani‘s FB Page on Shared Prosperity Vision

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the move was important to “upskill” the people to be more capable and efficient, and be able to do more “sophisticated work”. – NSTP/MOHD FADLI HAMZAH


PUTRAJAYA: The government will place priority on technical and vocational education and training (TVET), in efforts to increase the people’s income, under the Shared Prosperity Vision.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the move was important to “upskill” the people to be more capable and efficient, and be able to do more “sophisticated work”.

“The income gap between the rich and poor is too wide so we need to increase the people’s income.

“But we don’t want to do this by just increasing wages but (we want) to improve their capacity so that they are more productive, and give them training so that they are more capable and efficient.

“For example, we are already in the aerospace industry, and even some parts of airplane engines assembly are being done in Malaysia.” he said this after chairing a special cabinet meeting on the Shared Prosperity Vision here, yesterday.

Dr Mahathir said the cabinet has agreed that TVET played an important role in improving the skills of workers and that training must be made a priority.

“Our (2020) Budget would prioritise such areas. If there is not enough money for all, we would have to lessen the budget for other areas with lesser priority,” he added.

Dr Mahathir said the government would also give focus to poorer states, reducing wealth disparities from richer states.

He listed Kelantan, Perlis and Kedah as among the three poorest states in Malaysia.

“Another gap is between the urban and rural areas, where those living in urban areas are richer than those staying in the rural areas.

“So a programme must be created to increase the income of those living in the rural areas,” Dr Mahathir added.

In explaining further, Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said the government would apply the spirit of shared prosperity in the 2020 Budget, and prioritise sectors such as TVET and skills training.

“This will be given consideration by the Finance Ministry to be refined in the 2020 Budget.”

The Shared Prosperity Vision was announced by Dr Mahathir at the tabling of the mid-term review of the 11th Malaysia Plan in October 2018 in Parliament.

Its framework was also explained by the prime minister in his May 9 speech earlier this year in conjunction with Pakatan Harapan’s one year in government.

The Shared Prosperity Vision will encompass the 12th and 13th Malaysia Plans, spanning 10 years from 2021 to 2031.

Source: https://www.nst.com.my/

Comment: Not sure how the government is going to prioritise the TVET sector. As Tun M mentioned that if budget is insufficient for all, then it has to be channeled to the priority sectors. So I would assume that more funds are to be allocated to the sector, such as more funds to PTPK to loan students, especially from the B40, which are mainly from rural areas & also the urban poor. Hopefully this would then enhance this group’s earning capability and reduce the income gap.

For the benefit/knowledge of those outside TVET industry, insufficient PTPK loan in the past 1-2 years has caused many students (esp B40 group) that is interested to pursue
TVET courses unable to continue their studies at private & government TVET institutions.

This has an economic & social impact:


1. Economic
Effect on TVET institutions – With the limited quota provided to TVET institutions, especially the private ones, many has folded up or
ready for sale as they couldn’t sustain the business due to over-reliance on loan to recruit students.

Effect on TVET trainers & supporting staffs – These trainers who have SKM in their field and
Vocational Training Operation (especially those that do not have industry experience but fresh from TVET institutions like CIAST) would probably be now jobless or work in non-related field that pays them nothing more than a SPM school leaver’s qualification.

Effect on students – As the students who may not even have SPM or poor SPM results, they have no where to upgrade themselves or learn a skills to uplift their economic livelihood.

2. Social
Since the students are not able to further their studies, they may have high probability of being unemployed or worse still, involved in petty crimes, become Mat Rempit, drug addicts, gangsterism and other illegal activities.

TVET, a stepchild no more

Students of Politeknik Ungku Omar get hands on training on automotive engineering at the workshop at their campus in Ipoh.

Students of Politeknik Ungku Omar get hands on training on automotive engineering at the workshop at their campus in Ipoh.

A framework has been proposed to address the long-standing problems of our TVET system

A NEW framework for technical and vocational training is in the pipelines.

If approved, the proposal will see a more streamlined, effective, and industry-relevant, Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) system.

Proposed by the National TVET Movement to the Economic Planning Unit last month, the framework aims to address the country’s ailing TVET system.

“Our focus is on upper secondary school students. We want to create a TVET champion.

TVET students being trained to be industry-ready. — File photo

TVET students being trained to be industry-ready. — File photo

“We want students to have better access to choices between academics and something more hands-on like TVET. This is what’s happening in other countries,” said Ahmad Tajudin, who recently retired as the Education Ministry deputy director-general.

Among those part of the Movement are the Federation of Human Resources Ministry’s Department of Skills Development (JPK) Accredited Centres (FeMac), National Council of Professors, and the National Parent-Teacher Associations’ Vocational and Technical Consultative Council.

For too long, TVET has been the “troubled stepchild” of the education system, he said.

This framework tackles long-standing problems like the:

> Overlapping of programmes and certifications;

> Misguided focus on post-secondary TVET students instead of upper secondary students;

> Existence of multiple accreditation bodies and agencies implementing TVET;

> High operations cost resulting from the many ministries involved;

> Weak policies; and

> Private TVET providers being treated as competitors.

“All TVET institutions should be streamlined, rationalised, and consolidated, under the Education Ministry.

“This ensures that teachers and trainers are better taken care of under one scheme of service. And, there won’t be a need to close down any institutions if all facilities and resources are under one roof,” he said, adding that it would also be more cost effective for the Government while ensuring smoother communication between the industry and institutions.

Other reforms proposed by the Movement include:

> Reducing existing certifications to an important few;

> Having a single accreditation body for TVET;

> Establishing two educational pathways for students to choose from;

> Allowing industries to take the lead;

> Enhancing TVET apprenticeship programmes based on models from other developed countries; and

> Formulating policies and legislations to enhance careers in TVET.

Greater emphasis, and an overview, of TVET implementation is needed, Ahmad Tajudin said.

There should be training provisions to facilitate contributions from private TVET providers, and there must be closer collaboration between the industry and these providers.

“Our TVET system needs stronger institutional coordination, and greater transparency among the multiple public agencies.

“TVET restructuring is a small part of a holistic solution, but it’s a start to the reform,” he said, adding that strong political will from the Government was crucial to ensure the country’s TVET success.

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said the Government would continue enhancing the capabilities of TVET institutions and systems to remain competitive and meet industry demands.

Speaking during his annual new year address in Serdang on Monday, he said the ministry would implement a harmonised accreditation and quality assurance system to enable student mobility in TVET institutions, which includes the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN).

The launch of Limkokwing TVET International, a TVET Malaysia Training Centre at Limkokwing University.MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

The launch of Limkokwing TVET International, a TVET Malaysia Training Centre at Limkokwing University.MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

MTUN, he said, should move in the direction of Fachhochschule – Germany’s tertiary education institution specialising in topical areas.

MTUN, he added, shouldn’t be evaluated solely based on publications, but also on the ability of the graduates produced to solve technical issues.

He said the ministry plans to increase the quality and delivery of TVET by enabling the industry to lead the curriculum development, avoid overlapping of programmes and resources, improve cost effectiveness, and widen the funding to increase enrolment.

He said the ministry was also in the midst of addressing recognition issues involving controversial vocational colleges.

He assured polytechnics and community colleges that they wouldn’t be sidelined in the reform process.

“To ensure the employability of our graduates, closer collaboration between these institutions and the industry – especially with the big players – will be prioritised,” he said, adding that these were part of the ministry’s efforts in making sure that TVET, polytechnics, vocational colleges, and community colleges, are no longer seen as second choice options.

In June last year, Dr Maszlee appointed Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar to chair a special TVET task force.

The duties of the task force, said Dr Maszlee, was to conduct research across all ministries that provide TVET education and training, and recommend how the country’s TVET system can be improved. This includes a review of TVET education and training laws, and the possibility of a TVET commission.

However, the TVET industry was left reeling following Nurul Izzah’s resignation as PKR vice president on Dec 17, and her decision to no longer serve the federal government in any capacity.

“We’ll continue advocating for a sustainable and effective TVET implementation,” said Ahmad Tajudin.

Source: www.thestar.com.my

Comment: It’s good that the Ministry has identified the weaknesses & looking to implement the reforms (personally, I see that our TVET sector would soar to much greater heights compared to now, if reforms are implemented effectively & correctly).

But I have a doubt whether they would reform this particular weakness – Private TVET providers being treated as competitors.

It seems that there are plans to gradually “KILL” the private TVET providers based on their proposed plans (hearsay, so take it with a pinch of salt).


These include but not limited to:

1) Closing all TVET providers that are 2 stars and below after the impending 2019 star rating process (as early as March 2019). It generally affects the smaller private TVET providers who has very limited resources (manpower & finances) vs the public TVET institutions.
2) Closing/revoke Vocational Training Operation (VTO) programme of any private TVET institutions that has does not meet a min of 4 stars and above for that particular programme. Eventually, it would be just offered by the multiple satellite campuses of CIAST, nationwide,
3) Restrict the organising of the JPK’s various induction courses (PP-PPD-PPB, PP-PPT, PPL) to only  CIAST satellite campuses, nationwide.
4) and BEYOND – perhaps you can comment if you think what they are doing/planning to do is gonna KILL the private TVET providers.

Adakah PERUNDING (kursus induksi/SKM/VTO/pentauliahan pusat) anda bercakap benar??

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Selama 18 tahun min berkecimpung dalam bidang latihan kemahiran ni (terutamanya yang berkaitan dengan JPK), macam-macam kes penipuan telah min jumpa/dengar.

Berikut adalah senarainya, tak terhad kepada ini sahaja (mungkin min lupa atau tak pernah dengar/jumpa tapi memang berlaku):

1. Sijil induksi PALSU – Sebelum ni, tahun 2000an, memang ada sesetengah penganjur yang hit & run, cetak sijil sendiri & JUAL kepada peserta (tak perlu ikuti kursus). Ia samalah seperti penjualan sijil/diploma/ijazah di universiti ataupun sijil cuti sakit. Namun, pihak Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (JPK) telah mengambil langkah untuk membendung perkara ni dari berlanjutan dimana:
a) Penganjur tidak boleh cetak sijil sendiri lagi
b) Sijil telah ada ciri-ciri keselamatan (bukan setakat no siri sijil sahaja) – itu yang menyebabkan kekadang sijil dapat lambat sebab JPK kehabisan sijil & perlu tunggu stok dari Percetakan Nasional Malaysia

TIPS: Cari penganjur yang sudah lama (> 10 tahun kalau boleh) & kerap menganjur (lebih 6 kali setahun) kerana mereka tidak berani bertindak sebarangan & juga senantiasa mengikut perkembangan terkini. Ia juga mengurangkan kemungkinan penganjur menunda kursus induksi berkali-kali, ia berlaku terutamanya penganjur adalah baru dan tiada peserta berkumpulan besar.


2. Bukti PALSU – Ini kerap berlaku terutamanya dalam permohonan SKM secara PPT.

Ini mungkin salah sesetengah pemohon, ada yang sememangnya tahu dia tak layak tapi BAYAR perunding untuk kaodim, biasanya beribu-ribu.
Macam mana min tahu? Sebab ada kisah benar yang diceritakan oleh PPL-PPT (Pegawai Pengesah Luaran yang mengesahkan penilaian PP-PPT).
Cth: Ada seorang lelaki yang langsung tak pernah terlibat dengan kecantikan (cuma ada perniagaan dalam bidang ni) mewujudkan bukti palsu (gambar/invois/sijil) tapi telah digagalkan oleh PPL-PPT yang memegang amanah beliau. Apa yang menggeramkan min adalah dengar khabar setelah calon (melalui perunding) minta PPL-PPT ditukarkan, calon tu LULUS.
Geram betul, calon/perunding/PPL-PPT seperti nilah yang menjahanamkan kualiti SKM #^@*%

TIPS: Baca Panduan Permohonan SKM secara PPT @ ikuti kursus induksi PP-PPT – jadual disini supaya anda ada sedikit idea apa yang diperlukan dan sekiranya dah faham, mohon terus dengan JPK, cuma RM300/setahap.

Kebelakangan ni, ada perunding yang menjanjikan calon yang tiada pengalaman mengajar bidang kemahiran bahawa mereka layak mohon VTO secara PPT.  Agak-agaknya buat bukti PALSU lagi kot. Ni juga kisah benar,  dimana 2 juruteknik auto yang tidak pernah mengajar dijanjikan oleh perunding bahawa mereka boleh dapat VTO secara PPT!

Itu yang menyumbangkan kepada banyak isu pemegang sijil VTO yang tidak boleh mengajar dengan baik ataupun tak tahu sangat tentang WIM (bahan pengajaran bertulis). Min tak nafikan juga ada Pusat Bertauliah VTO tertentu yang bagi ‘lesen terbang’, sehinggakan ada beberapa PB VTO yang telah ditarik pentauliahannya dan menyebabkan permohonan PB VTO baru/penambahan program VTO ni dibekukan.
Untuk pengetahuan anda, pengalaman mengajar minima adalah 4 tahun kalau nak mohon VTO secara PPT

3. Penjualan WIM yang tidak menepati format ataupun jumlah jam yang sepatutnya
Ha, ni berlaku bukan sahaja dalam dunia latihan kemahiran tapi syarikat gergasi MNC pun ada juga yang melakukan kesalahan sebegini.

Biasa lihat ni kan?

Sudah banyak PB/pembeli yang kantoi dengan janji-janji manis individu/perunding bahawa WIM yang mereka beli memenuhi spesifikasi/format JPK tetapi sebenarnya tidak.
Antara isu yang kerap timbul adalah:
1. Format (tidak mengikut format terkini)
2. Jumlah jam yang tidak menepati kehendak NOSS (sudah banyak kes untuk ni, terutamanya untuk program yang ada kes khas seperti FB-024-2 (1200j dan bukannya 800j)
3. Jadual Pembahagian WIM yang tidak menggunakan ayat yang betul ataupun setara dengan WIM yang dibangunkan

TIPS: Suruh penjual emelkan sampel WIM lengkap (ada Kertas Penerangan/Kerja/Tugasan, Pelan Mengajar Teori/Amali, Kertas Penilaian Pengetahuan (KA)/Prestasi (PA), lepas tu cross check dengan format WIM terikini (2017)  dan juga NOSS.

Cukuplah setakat ni, kalau anda ada sebarang lagi kes penipuan/janji tidak serupa bikin yang nak dikongsi (tak kira pasal SKM, induksi, pentauliahan PB, WIM ke apa) supaya orang ramai lebih berhati-hati dan tidak tertipu,
sila emel ke ismarteducare@gmail.com, terima kasih.

Tips mencari perunding yang jujur:

1. Dah lama berkecimpung dalam bidang latihan kemahiran (ni pun tak menjamin apa-apa)
2. Cuba dapatkan testimoni/pengesyoran dari 2-3 pihak, kalau ada.
3. Dapatkan pandangan/nasihat dari 2-3 individu/syarikat.
4. Sekiranya masih rasa was-was, sila rujuk dengan min atau lebih baik, JPK di 03-88865589.

* singkatan min bermaksud admin ya 😀