December 17, 2016

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TRAINING FOR THE FUTURE — State Counsellor urges the promotion of technical vocational education training in Myanmar

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi speaks  at Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) Forum in Nay Pyi Taw .
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) Forum in Nay Pyi Taw .

STATE Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi called for the promotion of vocational education in Myanmar with a notion that education is the ability to overcome life’s challenges and obstacles while addressing the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) Forum in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
In her address the State Counsellor called on students and their parents to value the vocational training as it is an educational path that meets their interest and can enhance their lives.
Pointing out that countries focusing on vocational training have achieved development, the State Counsellor stressed the need to make great strides in transforming the nation into a developed economy with the use of existing opportunities.
She called for increased focus on raising public understanding regarding vocational education as fully as possible so that all citizens will realise that vocational education is first-class education.
Only when vocational education is developed in the country will there be better livelihoods for the citizens, she added.
A core factor in determining vocational education’s success is seeing a time when all citizens believe that vocational training is a first-class education, said the State Counsellor, calling for a public-private partnership to achieve success and the participation of all in efforts to develop vocational education in the country.
Next, the State Counsellor invited suggestions for improving the country’s education system.
Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi elaborated on progress in improving technical vocational education.
The State Counsellor and attendees then went to the forum to observe TVET booths on display.
During the forum, set to run for two days, those present held talks on improving TVET access, quality control and better management to promote employment and economic modernisation. The talk was followed by group discussions and a Q&A session.
According to the forum, 13 ministries concerned, including the Ministry of Education, are conducting TVET courses at 247 training schools and more than 210 courses on 16 types of TVET are being opened by the private sector.

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