Town hall session for TVET to be held soon

The task force will take into consideration all suggestions from the JPK to improve TVET’s institutions

By NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK

The technical and vocational education and training (TVET) task force is expected to hold its first town hall session before the end of next month in its effort to strengthen and improve its operations.

TVET chairman and Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar said the task force will take into consideration all suggestions and recommendations from the Department of Skills Development (JPK) to improve TVET’s institutions.

Nurul Izzah (second from right) at the signing of an MoU between IJNF and MyPrihatin yesterday (Pic by Afif Abd Halim/TMR)

“JPK is the body that will give the accreditations so that all of the institutions that are currently available may receive the approval,” she said at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between National Heart Institute Foundation (IJNF) and MyPrihatin Foundation yesterday.

She added that there are issues of TVET graduates not receiving recognition despite completing their courses.

“These are one of the few things we must address in order to make TVET the top choice in the future, including to ensure the degrees received by TVET graduates are equal to other degree programmes, alongside their salaries when they enter the workforce,” she said.

The TVET institutions previously involved seven ministries, of which one has already been absorbed into the Education Ministry.

Nurul Izzah said the group will be reviewing allocations for the programme following the misappropriation of funds from the Skills Development Fund Corp (PTPK).

“These include allocations from the fund that have been halted due to the ongoing investigations of the fund’s misappropriation led by the former human resources minister political secretary,” she said.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission had detained the then secretary Datuk Seri Richard Riot and two other PTPK officials for misappropriating a total of RM40 million; RM15 million in 2016 and RM25 million in 2017.

Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran earlier this month said students applying for education fund from the PTPK which is held up by the investigations will receive the money soon.

Meanwhile, MyPrihatin and IJNF launched the third series of MyHeart Programme, which is expected to collect RM50,000 in funds to provide logistics, consultation, family support and treatment costs for patients until March 2019.

IJNF social and welfare committee chairman Datin Raja Zuraida Raja Mansur said she hopes to increase the programme’s funds in order to sustain its objectives and for the patients’ benefit.

“We have disbursed RM3.3 million under our Patient Assistance Programme last year to assist the surgery and treatment cost of 139 patients,” she said.

The non-profit organisation with tax exemption status has registered a yearly revenue of RM2.5 million.

According to MyPrihatin trustees’ board chairman Professor Datuk Dr Halimaton Hamdan, although IJNF has provided to bear the financial burden of treatments, they do not necessarily always have enough for the patients’ family.

“These patients are mostly children, so they need the attention and caretaking from their own parents and family. We try to help by providing accommodation and transportation so that they can be with their children,” she said.

Also present at the signing ceremony were paediatric cardiology consultant Dr Marhisham Che Mood and Heliza Gulzehive founder and humanitarian activist Nur Heliza Helmi, who said her company has contributed RM10,000 yearly from donating RM2 per scarf sold.