‘Thanks, but RM5.9bil not enough for TVET’

PETALING JAYA: The RM5.9bil allocated to Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) is not enough, says the National TVET Movement.In the current economic climate of high inflation and high operational costs the TVET institutes incur, the movement’s vice-chairman Datuk Ahmad Tajudin Jab said the allocation could have been higher.

“In the public sector alone, there are easily 500 training institutes.

“I welcome this year’s budget allocation for TVET but had the TVET system been streamlined under one ministry, this allocation would have been streamlined better and the costs would be cheaper.

“From this Budget given, I hope more focus will be given to encouraging students to take up TVET courses at the school level, ” he added.

“We need to encourage schoolchildren through incentives like this to attract more of them to study TVET, ” he added.

Federation of JPK Accredited Centres (FeMAC) president P. Sailanathan questioned the allocation for private TVET training centres.

FeMAC is an association comprising members who are accredited private TVET training providers.

“The RM50mil allocated to the Skills Development Fund Corporation (PTPK) is a grant to state skills development centres. Nothing was mentioned for private providers.

“The RM5.9bil allocation for TVET is for public sector skills centres. How much of this will be given to PTPK for student loans?” he asked.

“Who will manage the RM20mil matching grants fund?”

He said the public sector alone could not drive the TVET agenda and it needed the cooperation of the private institutes.

“The Budget for TVET is heavily focused on the public sector and not much is said about the private providers, ” he said.

However, he added that the Malaysian Technical University Network’s move to offer graduate courses from next year for students who graduate from vocational colleges was a good initiative and welcomed the additional RM100 allowance.

Commenting on the RM50mil allocation for PTPK to fund courses by state skills development centres, its general manager and acting chief executive Mohd Fathullah Mustafa said it was a “very good move” by the government to ensure the continuation of TVET activities.

“With this allocation, we will be able to provide grants to the skills development centres.

“This will help industries hire skilled workers according to specific skills, ” he added.

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