Highlight TVET success stories: Nurul
Published on: Friday, September 07, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: More focus should be given to success stories of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) graduates in the effort to change the public perception on such courses, said TVET Empowerment Committee chairperson Nurul Izzah Anwar. Nurul said there are numerous success stories, especially on second chances given to TVET graduates.

"If the media can focus on these success stories apart from the compilation of such stories by the government, the current perception of the public can be changed," she said, when met after moderating the Sabah Zone TVET Empowerment Townhall Session, at the Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic, here, Thursday.

"And that is why we brought successful TVET graduates to share their stories during the townhall session to inspire others.

"Sometimes you have to recognise your winners and do something about it to make it better."

The TVET Empowerment Committee was formed by the Federal Government to prepare a report, in less than a year, to strengthen and improve TVET in the country.

And the townhall session is one of the steps taken to gather input and feedbacks from all stakeholders on issues and challenges of the TVET implementation.

Sabah was the first location for the townhall session where it was hosted by the Education Ministry.

"Currently, there are many Federal ministries administering TVET, and the next townhall session will be conducted by the Human Resource Ministry. And Sabah was chosen to be the first location as we want to put much emphasis on the future of youths involved in TVET, especially in the State, as the sector can drive the nation's economic growth.

"The session is not only to gather feedback but also to combine all the efforts previously done by the Education Ministry and other ministries. We also brought along a representative of a consultation firm tasked to prepare a TVET blueprint report in a month or two," she said.

She added, it is better to coalesce all development efforts so that no quarter will be side-lined.

"The TVET sector involves seven ministries with more than 1,000 private and government institutions. And that is why I have proposed for an establishment of a one-stop centre for TVET to facilitate the promotion of the sector among the public.

"From the beginning, I have been saying that we must bite the bullet…we cannot continue to allow too many ministries to handle TVET. Even now, several institutions previously under the Youth and Sports Ministry have been absorbed into the Human Resource Ministry. Change is happening to make it more efficient and it has to take place," she said.

Also present were Polytechnic and Community College Education Department director-general Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Ismail Abdul Aziz, Malaysian Board of Technologists (MBOT) president Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Zaidee Laidin, Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (Sedia) Development Planning, Coordination and Evaluation Division assistant vicepresident Janet Lee, Sabah Giatmara assistant director Mohd Noh Nawawi, PwC Consulting executive consultant director Thariq Ziad Adnan and Kinarut National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) Alumni Association president Azri Aziz.


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