15 vocational schools to be upgraded

A total 15 vocational schools nationwide will be upgraded to vocational colleges next year as part of the government initiative to revamp the current national vocational education system.

Ahmad Tajudin Jab, the director of Technical and Vocational Education Division of the Education Ministry, said among the schools are SMV Arau, SMV Balik Pulau, SMV Seri Manjung, SMV Pengkalan Chepa, SMV Kuching, SMV Beaufort and SMV Labuan.

The move, he said, was in line with the objective to achieve up to 40% student enrolment by 2020 compared to the current 5%.

“Another 78 schools will be upgraded to vocational colleges in 2013 and seven new vocational schools will be built under the 10th Malaysia Plan,” he told reporters in Ipoh after presenting the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia to 369 students from eight vocational schools in Perak recently.

Ahmad Tajudin said the ministry would also send students to private vocational colleges that will be set up through the private funding initiatives with all expenses borne by the ministry.

With the upgrading exercise, the ministry will study the grade and designation of the teachers involved, he added.

“We cannot announce the matter now but the service scheme will remain the same,” he said adding that the teachers’ working hours in the colleges would be from 8am to 5pm.

Ahmad Tajudin said the Education Ministry would also introduce basic vocational education for lower secondary students at 15 schools throughout the country in 2012.

He said all the respective principals and representatives from state education departments had been briefed about the programme implementation last month.

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