Government steps up efforts to reform TVET in Malaysia
The Edge Markets
June 25, 2018
The Pakatan Harapan government has stepped up efforts to reform the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Malaysia, starting with an engagement with all stakeholders involved.
Today, PKR Vice-President and TVET task force chairperson Nurul Izzah Anwar and Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran consulted with representatives from civil society organization Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia on their views to streamline and re-organize the TVET function in the country.
“There are about seven Ministries which are involved in TVET training. There must be a stop to the overlapping of the various TVET [functions] in the country, in which we spend nearly RM4.5 billion yearly.
“There is also the issue of the under-utilisation of the TVET function, as there is a 30% vacancy in most TVET [institutions],” he said.
Kula Segaran said his Ministry, which has the most TVETs in the country, will assist Nurul Izzah in the reform process.
“We want economies of scale, [and] there must be returns on the money spent. Currently there is under-utilisation of the TVET function. We want to emulate the German TVET system, whereby a student of TVET can proceed to become a PhD holder. Currently in Malaysia, that’s not possible as it involves two institutions, the education institution and TVET,” he said.
Nurul Izzah said she will be studying reports on the reform of the TVET system which had been done previously, including those by the Performance Management Delivery Unit and Boston Consulting Group.
“I believe whatever that we do decide on for the reform process, due diligence needs to be done first, and we must not do things without engagement with stakeholders. The previous studies should not be ignored either.
“We want to make TVET demand-driven and industry-driven,” she added.
Nurul Izzah heads task force to perk up TVET
The Star Online
June 22, 2018
A special Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) task force, chaired by Nurul Izzah Anwar, has been set up.
Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said Nurul Izzah was chosen because she had shown an interest in TVET and how it could help the youth gain employment or become entrepreneurs.
“The task force will have to prepare a report to strengthen and improve TVET,” he said, adding that it had less than a year to complete its work.
Nurul Izzah, who is PKR vice-president and Permatang Pauh MP, said she hoped to set the timeline and key performance indicators for the task force by next week, following discussions with relevant stakeholders.
“As I am new, I should listen to those with more experience in TVET. If needed, we’ll bulldoze through some of the best suggestions,” she added.
On The Star’s exclusive report yesterday that the Pendidikan Vokasional Menengah Atas (PVMA) programme had been put on hold, Dr Maszlee said teachers who taught TVET courses were being upskilled so that they could become better educators.
He said all public TVET training institution teachers were being sent for training in batches to ensure they had Level Four and Five Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM) certification.
On the 5,504 students who were left in a bind after finishing school last year without the SKM, Dr Maszlee said it was decided that they be given Recognition of Prior Achievement and were expected to be certified with Level Two of SKM by the end of this year.
On a separate matter, Dr Maszlee said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had ordered all ministers and deputy ministers to no longer issue support letters for any party that was trying to obtain tenders or proposals.
“This is to ensure good governance because this practice was rampant in previous dealings,” he added.
He said he would not be appointing people from political parties to hold the positions of vice-chancellors and deputy vice-chancellors in higher education institutions.
“We will ensure that only those qualified will be chosen.”