Selangor Journal
A teacher oversees a student as she repairs a vehicle engine, during the Level One motorcycle and repair service class at the Selangor Technical and Development Centre. — Picture by FACEBOOK/STDC

Go into TVET, says DPM to those who sat out SPM 2023

BEIJING, May 30 — Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has urged the 10,160 candidates who did not sit for the 2023 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination to further their studies in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

He also advised these students and their parents not to be disheartened as TVET is the ‘answer’ for them to build a career for the future.

“TVET accepts students who failed and did not sit for the SPM examination. This does not mean it (TVET is) the second or third choice, but it is a second opportunity to study (for those who did not sit or the SPM),” Zahid said during a press conference in conjunction with his official visit to China today.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi speaks during a pre-council meeting with Malaysia’s Consul General in Shanghai Syed Farizal Aminy Syed Mohamad, as part of his official visit to China, in Shanghai on May 26, 2024. — Picture via FACEBOOK/ZAHID HAMIDI

The National TVET Council chairman said TVET is also suitable for less outstanding students and candidates who did not sit for the SPM examination because it comprises 70 per cent workshop and laboratory training while the rest is classroom learning.

On Monday (May 27), during a press conference, Education Director-General Azman Adnan said that 10,160 out of the 383,685 SPM candidates did not sit for the examination.

Meanwhile, Zahid said he would seek the help of all media chief editors in Malaysia to highlight and promote TVET as the first choice for students to further their studies and to intensify the awareness campaign regarding the field.

“The Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) also asked for the TVET awareness campaign to be carried out because such a campaign will not succeed without media support.

“So, I plan to give a briefing to chief editors and news editors regarding the TVET programmes because we will launch the National TVET Policy on June 8,” he said.

Earlier, Zahid witnessed Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) seal strategic partnerships with renowned education institutions and key industry players in China, namely Liuzhou Railway Vocational Technical College, Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU), Nantong University, Alibaba Cloud (M) Sdn Bhd, and KTK Dom Railway Sdn Bhd.

The collaboration focuses on emerging technologies and technological advancements in vehicle and railway technology, renewable energy, electrical vehicle, telecommunication, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things.

Zahid is on making his first official trip to China since assuming the role of Deputy Prime Minister in December 2022. The visit, from May 22 to Saturday (June 1), is at the invitation of China’s Vice-Premier Ding Xuexiang.

— Bernama

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