Malaysia's Ministry of Education (MOE) is taking proactive measures to improve the quality of its vocational college programmes, while ensuring the 'marketability' of its students, Bernama reported.

According to Bernama, Education Director-General Datuk Dr Amin Senin said this in line with new Government policies, current needs, and feedback from stakeholders including the National Union of the Teaching Profession and parents.

According to the statement released by the Ministry on Facebook (on 27 January): "Every programme offered has been accredited with the Malaysian Qualification Agency, thereby enhancing the marketability of the trainees for the future."

Further, he said under the Vocational College policy, the MOE had the following target:

  • 70% of the students will become skilled workers in the industry;
  • 20% would pursue their studies;
  • 10% would become entrepreneurs.

The MOE also recognised the need for an effective academic management programme for: efficient human resource management, student enrolment, financial, administrative and student affairs, as well as the continuous development of professionalism for teachers and officials.

According to Datuk Dr Amin, the MOE conducted the Vocational Education Transformation in 2012, providing a diploma-level programme that equipped students with the relevant skills and technology to meet the needs of the industry's workforce.

He added: "The ministry is of the view that after seven years of the introduction of the vocational college diploma programmes, it was time that the programmes prioritised on the standard and quality of education in line with the desire to produce high-quality trainers.

"The MOE wishes to ensure industry certification and standards are followed and become the main reference for marketability, upgrading of skills and curriculum enhancement."

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