THE MINISTRY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT (KPLB) recommends that students who drop out of school and are no longer interested in academics take the opportunity to follow the Technical Education and Vocational Training (TVET) route.
According to the Minister, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, the TVET field also guarantees the future with job offers that meet the needs of the industry.
“We have 280 TVET institutions under KPLB, until last March, the number of KPLB TVET students reached 48,785.
“So earlier I recommended that students who drop out of this school if they are not interested in academics anymore they can go to skills (TVET), we have GiatMARA, MARA Skills Institute (IKM), MARA Poly-Tech College (KPTM) and others – other recognized by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).”
He said this to the media after inaugurating the Colloquium Counseling Program for Pupils at Risk of Dropping Out at the Kedah State Level, at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Kuala Nerang, today.
The colloquium, said Mahdzir, is to see how dropout students deal with their families in addition to the module to interest the students involved in returning to school.
He explained that student dropout cases in rural areas are small and among the causes identified are related to family problems and poverty factors.
“The number of students who drop out is not many compared to the number of five million school students across the country, so these counseling teachers need to have a module to attract them back to school and if they are not interested we recommend them to the TVET route.
The Colloquium on Counseling for Students at Risk of Dropping Out of the State of Kedah is also to see how dropout students deal with their families in addition to the module to attract the interest of the students involved to return to school,” he said. -Malaysiapost