KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 – Malaysians are still caught in the old perception on the potential and capability of Technical and Vocational Education and Training in the country, said Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon. He said many still think TVET was only for academically weak students without realising the importance of the field to meet the nation’s current needs.
“Now our country lacks skilled workers for the services, tourism and manufacturing sectors. As such, the Education Ministry wants more students to take up TVET programmes in line with the development of the country which needs more highly skilled workers,” he told reporters after opening a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Higher Education Exhibition here, Saturday.
According to him, TVET should not be looked down and students should evaluate the field positively for a more secure future in the job market. He said, to achieve developed nation status, they need more highly competitive workers while having the skills to meet the local market.
About 70 education institutions in the country are participating in the two-day education exhibition starting Saturday. In another development, Chong, who is MCA Youth chief, said the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Sungai Besar parliamentary by-election, Budiman Mohd Zohdi was a suitable candidate, respected by many people. MCA, he said, did not have any problem cooperating with Budiman who is also Sungai Panjang state assemblyman.