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High Hopes For Changes Through TVET Revamp

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- According to Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, the government has spent over RM10 billion on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) from 2015-2017. This is testament that Malaysia, like the rest of the world today, recognises the importance of TVET .

Despite this, TVET suffers from management and implementation problems so severe that it almost defeats its purpose, which is to produce a skilled community with high income. There were problems with allocations for its institutions and education loans, as well as with getting accreditation for its institutions.

The funds were spread across seven ministries which operate 500 TVET institutions. However, little effort was taken to come up with a standardised benchmark of quality and accreditation for TVET in Malaysia.

This has resulted in thousands of TVET graduates failing to secure education loans, fair wages and even employment opportunities.

The recent establishment of the TVET Empowerment Committee by the Pakatan Harapan government gives hope for the resolution to these issues, but its newly-appointed head, Nurul Izzah, may have her work cut out for her.