Enrolment in technical education and vocational training up


THE enrolment of students at Technical Education and Vocational Training (TEVT) public institutions rose from 8,956 students last year to 10,527 students this year.

Assistant Minister of Promotion of Technical Education Datu Len Talif Salleh said that the 18 per cent increase was due to promotional efforts carried out by the ‘Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak’ (Tegas) since its establishment last year.

“Tegas has carried out efforts such as disseminating information on technical education, career opportunities and TEVT assistance to around 125,000 secondary students from Form 3 to Form 6.

“Apart from that, a TEVT education seminar was organised for Form 5 students to help them identify the technical disciplines they can opt for upon finishing their Form 5,” he said of the programme which was participated by some 15,000 students.

Len who yesterday was addressing Alexander Vincent’s (BN-Ngemah) question on Tegas’ achievements since it was established at the 17th State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting, also pointed out that Tegas had also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Sarawak National Youth Organisation (Saberkas) as part of its efforts to work together with youth agencies.

On the other hand, Tegas had also implemented a special programme for school dropouts or those who are unemployed featuring a forum which touched on the opportunities within the technical field as opposed to focusing on the academic field.