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NAVTTC strives for national standards

ISLAMABAD: A demand-driven, nationally certified technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system plays an important role in skill development as well as national economic growth. The absence of uniform national standards, however, challenge the effectiveness of Pakistan’s TVET system.

To develop consensus-based, nationally-unified training curricula, the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) has initiated a fast-track revision of 55 existing curricula with the goal to establish them as national standards.

The NAVTTC, an apex body responsible for standards and improving the overall technical and vocational system in Pakistan, has recently organised a series of review workshops with technical assistance provided by the GIZ’s TVET Reform Support Programme.

The TVET Reform Support Programme is a five-year multi-sectoral project. Launched in April 2011, the programme aims at assisting Pakistan to achieve the targets set under the National Skills Strategy 2009-13. The programme is being implemented with financial contributions provided by the European Union, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany.

In three sector-specific workshops, experts from different trades, technical training institutes, private businesses, industry and representatives from Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs) from all over Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir participated and gave their input on 30 curricula that are currently being taught in the country’s technical and vocational training institutes.

In addition, the NAVTTC has also outsourced the revision of 20 other curricula under the same initiative, while five other curricula have already been revised. By mid of March 2012, a total of 55 curricula would be revised and expected to be declared as national curricula. This will ensure uniformity as well as foster national cohesion, besides raising the level of training in areas where the quality of training is low.

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