PUTRAJAYA, May 5 (Bernama) — The government is taking steps to attract more bright students to pursue technical education and vocational training (TEVT) just like in developed countries, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Muhyiddin, who is Education Minister, said the Skills Development Department would ensure that the curriculum at all skills training centres fulfilled the National Occupational Skills Standards (NOSS) and reflected the priority accorded to certain economic fields.
In a bid to standardise and recognise TEVT certifications, the Malaysian Skills Certificate will be used as the only national certificate for TEVT.
“We hope that after this, the country’s best students will opt for TEVT,” he said when launching Skills Malaysia 2011 campaign organised by the Human Resources Ministry here Thursday.
Muhyiddin said counsellors at secondary schools would be tasked to guide students in the hope that more would go for TEVT.
Skills Malaysia is one of 19 entry point projects announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Jan 11 under the Economic Transformation Programme.
Muhyiddin said the government would provide more opportunities for those who had undergone skills training to enhance their capabilities at par with first, Master’s or PhD degree qualifications.
He said the government had also introduced the National Dual Training System comprising sessions at the workplace as well as training centres.
The scheme aims to train 27,500 apprentices with the involvement of 967 companies during 2011-2015.
Source : Bernama