PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Education (MOE) says it is taking proactive measures to improve the quality of its vocational college programmes to ensure students can find suitable jobs.
Education director-general Amin Senin said the improvements are in line with current needs, government policies and recommendations of various stakeholders including parents, teachers and the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP).
“Every programme offered has been accredited with the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) to enhance the marketability of the trainees for the future,” he said in a statement.
Under the Vocational College policy, Amin said the MOE’s target was to produce 70% of the students as skilled workers, 20% who would pursue their studies and 10% who would become entrepreneurs.
He said the MOE would also provide an effective academic management programme for student enrolment, effective human resource management, financial, administrative and student affairs, and continuous development of professionalism for teachers and officials.
Amin said the MOE conducted the Vocational Education Transformation in 2012, through a diploma-level programme to provide students with skills and technology to meet workforce needs.
“The ministry is of the view that after seven years of the introduction of the vocational college diploma programmes, it is time to prioritise the standard and quality of education in line with the goal to produce high quality trainers,” he said.
Amin meanwhile denied claims that some programmes had been discontinued, but said they were suspended pending review of the curriculum to meet MQA and the Skills Development Department accreditation.