Equipping school dropouts with vocational skills

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 30 Jun 2020

Dr Siti (third from right) speaking to a family after handing over food items while Noraini (second from left) looks on during the aid distribution programme in Puchong. — NORAFIFI EHSAN/The Star

SCHOOL dropouts from urban poor families who struggle academically will be sent for skills development training under Subang Jaya Municipal Council’s (MPSJ) Jom Jelajah Kampung Dalam Bandar programme, to provide them better career options.

State health, welfare, women empowerment and family committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said school dropouts from urban poor families required counselling and guidance to gain vocational skills that would provide them a chance to secure a job later.

“Our aim is to empower the urban poor. Teenagers who drop out from school may be skilful at work that requires the use of their hands, such as automobile repairs, metal fabrication works or welding.

“They must be guided to get a certified vocational training,” she said, adding there was a need to provide solutions to uplift the urban poor.

MPSJ council president Noraini Roslan said the programme, which would assist the urban poor, also sought to identify school dropouts with the aim to empower them through acquiring a skill.

“Our engagement with the urban poor is to explore solutions that will help families and drive the future of Subang Jaya that is slated for city status soon.

“We want to maximise the potential of urbanisation to benefit the young people by helping them acquire a good education be it academic or vocational, ” she added.

Dr Siti Mariah said solutions had to be designed for the urban poor as the people needed to be motivated to move forward.

Dr Siti Mariah and Noraini led a team of MPSJ staff to visit the urban poor in Kampung Tengah, Puchong in Selangor where basic groceries were given out to families.

They spoke to Suhana Ahmad, a mother whose son dropped out from school while in Form Four.

“The teenager is more inclined towards fixing car engines. If he has a passion for automobile repairs, we will help him enrol for certified vocational training, ” said Noraini, adding that such skills would also provide entrepreneurship opportunities.

At the event, 14 families received food provisions worth RM100 each under the MPSJ Covid-19 Charity Fund.

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