SHAH ALAM: Students accepted into the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions should set their actual goal, that is, to help develop this field and not treat it as a mere convenience to getting a job.
Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar said this was because some of them who had been trained as TVET teachers, eventually quit the sector while the government’s aim was to create more local TVET experts and distinctive modules that would be at par with those of developed countries.
“To me, they (new students) should set their intention, that is, to become real teachers (trainers) and not to just work as teachers. There’s a difference between the two because if their intention is to work as teachers, these students will just think of getting an income, so when there’s no other job, they would choose this field (TVET).
“As their role is very important, I hope the new students do have the intention of becoming teachers and are always prepared to develop knowledge in this field to help drive the future for our people.”
He said this to reporters while on a working visit in conjunction with the registration of new students for the Vocational Training Officer (VTO) certificate course at the Centre for Instructor and Advanced Skill Training (CIAST) here yesterday.
Mahfuz said the marketability of well-trained teachers and instructors produced by such public and private skills training institutions was deemed very good as 90 per cent of them met the market needs.
Asked on the government’s initiative to raise the quality of TVET teachers, he cited the system implemented by CIAST where the teachers it produced would be recalled from time to time for further training to improve their knowledge, skills and efficiency.
Since it was established 36 years ago, CIAST which comes under the aegis of the Skills Development Department, Human Resources Ministry, had produced 16,878 teachers until last December.
Meanwhile, Mahfuz said the government was targeting to produce about 30,000 TVET teachers/instructors by next year, while the number to date was about 24,000 across the country.
“Although we are targeting 30,000 by next year, the number is still insufficient to meet the needs of this field. We hope the CIAST will continue to strive to increase the number,” he added.
On implementation of the minimum wage of RM1,100 per month since Jan 1 this year, Mahfuz said the feedback received indicated that employers were receptive to the new rate set by the government.
“I think the RM1,100 is just basic wage, as there are companies which offer more than this sum,” he said, adding that no complaints had been received so far, and if there were, the Manpower Department would take appropriate action. — Bernama