'One house, one skill training programme'

Oct 25, 2017

Photo: Anand Gurung/SKILLS

The Technical and Vocational Education and Training  (TVET) Policy needs to be made more effective in producing and retaining skilled workforce in Nepal itself, said stakeholders at a recent interaction programme

Participants at a recent workshop organized by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and UNDP’s Support to Knowledge and Lifelong Learning Skills (SKILLS) in Pokhara have called for an effective and relevant technical and vocational education and training (TVET) policy that can contribute to producing skilled workforce needed for the country’s development. Such a policy, they said, would help reduce unemployment in the country and promote entrepreneurship among youths. 

During the interaction—held to disseminate the findings of the recently concluded nationwide policy dialogue initiated for the review and reform of the existing TVET policy of Nepal—the participants expressed grave concern over the trend of large numbers of the nation’s youths heading abroad for employment even as the country faces a severe dearth of skilled manpower. 

The participants were of the belief that a “scientific, practical and skill-oriented” education policy would do away with such an anomaly, as it would help create a conducive atmosphere for the country’s young people to get top quality technical and vocational education and training and gain good employment prospects in the country itself. Even if they were to go abroad, the technical/vocational skills they have acquired in Nepal would ensure that they need not work in low-paying jobs in dismal conditions like many Nepali migrant workers currently do.  

Addressing the programme, Pokhara-Lekhnath Metropolitan City Mayor Man Bahadur GC said that the Government should adopt a “one house, one training programme” approach to produce the highly-skilled technical workforce Nepal desperately needs to achieve its development goals.  

He also expressed serious concern over the flight of skilled workforce produced by Nepal to foreign lands in search of greener pastures, and said that the Government and the private sector needs to join hands to create opportunities for them to flourish in the country. 

Similarly, Joint secretary at the Ministry of Education Dr. Dilli Ram Rimal admitted that Nepal has not been able to bring about qualitative growth in technical and vocational education and training as the budget allocated for the education sector is slashed every year.

Speaking at the same programme, former Government Secretary Mahashram Sharma said that even though the recent spurt in the number of TVET schools and institutions in the country is a positive sign, most of them lack quality and consistency.

“We are only seeing quantitative growth in technical and vocational education and training in the country but not qualitative growth,” he opined.      

MoE Under Secretary Dr. Mukunda Mani Khanal, Under Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Employment Jiwan Kumar Rai, UNDP Nepal’s Binda Magar, Education entrepreneur Ashok Palikhe, President of Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bishwa Shankar Palikhe also made presentations and put forth their views and comments during the interaction.       

The event also saw the active participation of Director of Regional Education Directorate Bishnu Prasad Adhikari, education experts, ward chairpersons, campus chiefs of technical and nursing colleges, principals/administrators of constituent and affiliated colleges of CTEVT, senior officials from government ministries, representatives of tourism related associations as well as media personnel. 

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