THE digitalisation of education is the way forward. This was so long before the Covid-19 pandemic hit and today, it is even more crucial than ever that virtual learning is embraced.
Though many academic pathways embarked on technology-based education, the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector found itself lagging behind because skills-training, TVET providers initially argued, required hands-on practice which cannot be recreated using software.
Eventually, every TVET institution had little choice but to implement online learning as classrooms, laboratories and workshops moved off-campus.
Public and private TVET providers were given the green light to conduct their training and theory courses online due to the movement control order (MCO) on April 13,2020.
In March this year, Education Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin announced that TVET would be enhanced as part of digital education.
During the opening of the TVET Expo and Summit 2021 (TES2021) held on April 7, Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said it was imperative that TVET institutions carry out digitalisation to keep up with the changes in the world.
Quoting the “The Digitisation of TVET and Skills Systems” report by the International Labour Organisation, he said the industry, students and the learning institutions have to collaborate to ensure success in digitising TVET.
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia Faculty of Technology Management and Business dean Prof Dr Wan Fauzi@Wan Fauziah Wan Yusoff said IR4.0, with its reliance on technology, is also dependent on having skilled workers for all sectors and industries.
Using Germany and Holland as an example, she said these countries kept the evolution of TVET parallel to their own industrial development in order to maintain their economic momentum.
All TVET players, said Kolej Teknologi Midas strategic advisor Datuk Baharudin Abdullah, have adopted specific technologies for teaching and those who have not explored digital platforms risk losing out. — By REBECCA RAJAENDRAM