ISLAMABAD, Jan 15, 2015: A special taskforce, constituted for development of the first ever national policy for the technical and vocational education and training (TVET), has finalised the draft document. The policy is planned to be launched shortly.
This was shared in a briefing session held in National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) chaired by the Minister of State for Federal Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education Baligh ur Rehman. The session was also attended by Secretary Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Mr. Ahsan Raja, Chairman Taskforce on TVET Policy, Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik (Additional Secretary) and Executive Director NAVTTC Mr. Muhammad Imtiaz Tajwar besides national and international TVET experts of GIZ.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister appreciated the excellent work by NAVTTC and TVET Reform Support Programme from inception to finalization. The policy formulation work has been supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme, which is funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy. German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has commissioned this programme, which is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in close collaboration with the NAVTTC.
The minister acknowledged role of the taskforce for facilitating countrywide consultation around the TVET policy. He said TVET has critical role to play in social and economic development. He emphasised that key objectives of the policy document need to be quantified on the basis of pragmatic realities to ensure doable implementation of the reforms. He also highlighted the need for introducing technical education in all high schools to shift focus from general education to skills development. The aim of this policy is to reduce the drop-out ratio and to harness energies for gainful employment.
The minister specifically recognized the role of NAVTTC as an apex body for regulation of TVET reforms for the entire country and directed the task force to eliminate organizational duplications and to introduce synergetic approach. On the policy proposal for establishment of skills development fund, the minister directed that a committee may be constituted to devise a mechanism for raising and spending of the fund for skills development.
The minister also gave specific directions for further improvements in the policy document so that it can be rolled out by the end of February 2015.