Tuesday, July 10, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR: The vocational education programme pilot project in 15 schools is a positive development, said many people.
Malaysian Employers Federation executive director Shamsuddin Bardan said it was the “best gift” from the education system to the workforce.
“Public awareness of vocational training is low because many Malaysians do not realise students can take up degree courses in vocational studies and pursue a professional career in the skills sector.”
Shamsuddin said in Malaysia, the skilled workforce accounted for only 28 per cent, but in developed nations, it was at least 50 per cent.
Malaysian Trades Union Congress president Mohd Khalid Atan agreed this was a step in the right direction.
“Having vocational training in secondary schools provides a foundation to generate skilled workers.”
National Parent-Teacher Association president Associate Professor Datuk Mohd Ali Hassan also lauded the pilot programme.
“If parents shun this type of education, it would be a sheer waste of talent.”