by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by TMR
The technical and vocational education and training (TVET) report on standardising its courses, upping its quality level and trainees’ remuneration is expected to be submitted to the Cabinet by year’s end.
TVET chairman and MP Nurul Izzah Anwar (picture) (Pakatan Harapan-Permatang Pauh) said in terms of the trainees’ remuneration, it needs to focus on synergising the institutions and the Skills Development Fund Corp (PTPK), as well as the industry first.
“During these three months of feedback, I have seen the efforts being put in by the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority to help with the linkages from the existing industry to the institutions and finally to the eventual remuneration received by graduates,” she said at the media briefing regarding PTPK yesterday.
The implementation authority covers four Malaysian northwestern states namely Perlis, Penang, Kedah and Perak, and is responsible for establishing the Northern Corridor Economic Region’s direction, policies and strategies.
According to Nurul Izzah, PTPK has suggested several ways to tackle the issues faced by the fund, such as the misappropriation of funds investigated in July last year.
“My collaboration with PTPK is important because many students are affected by this, which includes the investigations. We are trying to grapple the short-, middleand long-term solutions. My mandate would be my transparent disclosure of my engagement,” she said.
Improving the public’s perception of TVET as well as having the fund opt for the concept of “contestable funding” and to hold an open fund application for trainers and trainees who received an offer letter.
Presently, for 2018, institutions rated three to five stars are prioritised by PTPK in its fund distribution.
“The institutions are rated because they provide the conducive environment that produces up-to-standard trainees that are able to receive a salary that matches their abilities and thus repay PTPK for future trainees,” she said.
Nurul Izzah added that the suggestions to evaluate its fund distribution system in order to implement a more sustainable method are currently being studied.
“There also some pilot projects I would suggest because we must remember that there is no use of institutions if they are not meeting the industry’s demands,” she said.
The Malaysian Reserve had previously reported that TVET graduates does not receive recognition post-course completion.