Published on Monday, 07 April 2014 19:43
SHAH ALAM: A plan to make the country’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) a mainstream choice for students and on par with the system in developed nations is underway.
Polytechnic director-general Datuk Mohlis Jaafar said the plan takes its inspiration from Finland’s education system which is recognised globally as one of the best in the world.
“In Malaysia, TVET has always been associated as the ‘second option’ students take whenever they are not qualified to enter the university. We want to change that by upgrading TVET and ensuring that in the future students will make it as a first option instead of second.
“The plan is included in the coming higher-education blueprint that will be revealed later in June, this year,” he said after attending the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (PSA) and Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (Sirim), yesterday.
Mohlis added that the ministry has completed the first draft on the plan to upgrade TVET and will continue to fine-tune the document to meet its goals.
“For a start, the success by PSA to upgrade its lab to meet the international technical and management requirements has allowed it to be accredited with the Laboratory Accreditation Scheme of Malaysia (SAMM).
“By becoming the first lab in the country to be accredited for the calibration of biomedical equipment, PSA is showing a strong signal that it is able to train and produce highly capable invidivuals to meet the demands of the country’s job market,” he said.
The lab is also the only lab in the country’s polytechnic institution to be accredited with MS ISO/IEC 17025 by the Malaysia Department of Standards (DSM) and will be open to public and the industry.
Currently, medical equipments in healthcare institutions are always sent to the manufacturer for calibration. However Mohlis said that with the new lab, healthcare providers can send their equipments to PSA’s lab for the standard annual procedure.
On a related note, Mohlis said that the Malaysian job market is in dire need of local technical specialists and workers with hands on exprience.
“There is a gap in our job market for these type of specialists which employers fill with less equipped foreign workers who are paid minimally.
“If we can provide world-class trainings to our students, they can become the highly-specialised workers who can contribute better to the industries and at the same time receive higher pay for their technical abilities.
“This will in turn revolutionize the job market and help boost our country’s progress to become developed in the future,” he said.
The MoU signing conferred by DSM Director-general Fadilah Baharin and PSA Director Kamaruzaman Ismail, was also witnessed by the ministry’s Secretary-general II Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini Ujang.
-The Malay Mail