Jan 23, 2020

Technical and Vocational Education and Training vital for employment

13 Magh, 2076, Tikapur, Kailali The jamboree of technical and vocational experts has stressed the need to take technical and vocational education (TVET) to new heights to address the call for producing efficient human resources in the skills-driven world. Educationists, policy actors, and Principals of the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) made the call during the 37th Management Conference, held recently at Tikapur in Kailali.  Addressing the conference, Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Giri Raj Mani Pokharel said there was urgency for TVET Schools to expand extensively to reach out to all rural municipalities across the country. “TVET should be considered a mission for life and not just part of a job,” he said and pointed out the need to equip all citizens with life skills to help them find jobs.  “I request all 59 Principals of TVET schools and the management of CTEVT to make a close link between the needs of industries and products of TVET schools,” urged Minister Pokharel. Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mahesh Prasad Dahal said the Government has a plan to emphasize 70% of the education funding to promote technical education while 30% would go for general education. “CTEVT has to be competent enough to accept and embrace this new responsibility. The expansion of technical schools and quality improvement of TVET should be a priority for CTEVT,” he emphasized.  In his opening remarks, Member Secretary of CTEVT, Dr. Pushpa Raman Wagle said it was right time to make a meaningful contribution to Nepal’s economic growth through CTEVT and expressed his commitment to leave no stones unturned towards meeting this goal.  “The vision of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’ is only possible through the enhancement of skills of Nepali youths which need to be further integrated with employment opportunities.” Dr. Wagle instructed all Principals and directors of CTEVT, and those in Province Offices to incorporate school-based enterprises to focus the concept of “learn, earn and pay” to explore enterprises skill of trainees and build soft skill for self-employment. “Improving the quality of technical education, and expanding TVET sector is what the country needs today to realize the objective of Prime Minister Employment Programme,” he underscored. Director of Technical Division of the CTEVT, Anoj Bhattarai thanked the Principal of the Tikapur Polytechnic Institute Tekendra Bahadur Thapa and his entire team for the outstanding arrangement and other Principals and Directors for their active participation and sharing of innovative ideas for the consolidation of CTEVT.  The four day conference held from 10-13 Magh 2076 brought together all 59 Principals of different technical schools, Directors of CTEVT and Province Directors to present the strengths, challenges and the way forward for CTEVT. The 37th Management conference concluded with a 9 point declaration emphasizing the need to establish production unit in technical schools, manage the entrance exam through online system, focus on apprenticeship modality and on-the -job –training, implement the Quality Improvement Program (QIP), and develop a 5-year strategic planning for all technical schools.