Put TVET programmes under one ministry to avoid wastage, says Yeoh


KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Ministry wants the government to restructure the national Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme framework to avoid duplication and wastage.

Its Minister Hannah Yeoh (pic) said TVET, which is currently implemented by several ministries, should be managed by only one.

"Various ministries... have their own (TVET) programmes, causing confusion among industry players after their completion, from the point of view of employment and (other areas).

"There is no need for... ministries to do their own TVET programmes because it will appear unfocused and there will be wastage," she said when opening the Second Consultative Session of the National Youth Consultation Council at the International Youth Centre here on Thursday (Jan 26).

As an example, she said if a ministry allocates RM50mil to upgrade its TVET programme but student intake does not reach the maximum level, it will lead to wastage.

Hannah said her ministry was ready to cooperate with the Human Resources Ministry for the purpose of restructuring the national TVET framework.

She also pointed out that TVET programmes had to remain relevant to the youth of today.

"There are many programmes that may have been popular when I was in school, but now with the gig economy, many young people care about flexible working hours.

"Their view of TVET is also different now. If we continue to conduct programmes that do not attract attention, we will not be able to get full participation from the youth," she said.

Also present at the event were her deputy Adam Adli Abdul Halim and Majlis Belia Malaysia president Mohd Izzat Afifi Abdul Hamid. – Bernama

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