Thursday, July 12, 2012
UPGRADE: Pioneer programme to offer diplomas
KUCHING: SEVENTY-EIGHT vocational schools are being upgraded into colleges which will produce 13,000 skilled workers in four years’ time.
This is being done under the Education Ministry’s vocational education transformation programme.
These colleges will provide diploma qualifications through the pioneer programme that began seven months ago.
Currently, the schools offer basic vocational education which was only a stepping stone for the pupils to further pursue their studies, the ministry’s technical and vocational education division director, Ahmad Tajudin Jab, said yesterday.
He earlier presented excellent service awards to 136 teachers from vocational and technical schools in Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan at a presentation ceremony here.
Ahmad said the ministry would look forward to collaborating with private colleges, especially in high impact fields such as oil and gas, biotechnology and renewable energy.
He also said the new vocational colleges would admit former PMR students from next year.
He said technical schools would maintain their traditional functions.
Students would learn basic vocational education there before they could go into specialised fields such as engineering and architecture in universities, colleges and polytechnics.
He also said the ministry would stress on having robotic studies as a subject in technical schools as it was “very suitable and appealing for technical students.”
On having new vocational schools in the state in anticipation of a high demand for skilled workers for the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score), he said the intake for the seven technical and vocational schools in the state was sufficient to meet 90 per cent of the demand.
He said there was an application to build a new school in Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan but the ministry would have to look into the necessity in view of the cost involved.