“Government must ensure that TVET products are involved in gainful employment, entrepreneurship”

Dec 26, 2017

Photo: Anand Gurung/SKILLS

Stakeholders at a workshop organized to discuss technical and vocational education and training in the country call for an integrated TVET policy to allow qualitative and quantitative growth in the sub-sector

Mayor of Dhangadi Sub-Metropolitan City Nirpa Bahadur Odd has stated that the government must do all that is necessary to ensure that the millions and millions it has invested to produce skilled workforce in the country is indeed bearing fruit, adding that such an initiative would need a national commitment for an integrated Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) policy.   

Speaking at a workshop jointly organized by the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) and UNDP Nepal’s Support to Knowledge and Lifelong Learning Skills (SKILLS) Programme in Dhangadi of Kailali district on December 22, Mayor Odd said that can be done only by confirming that those who received various skill training through TVET programmes currently operational in the country are indeed involved in gainful employment and entrepreneurship in the very field in which they had originally taken the training. For this, he said, the federal government should formulate a national integrated TVET policy and guidelines strictly adopted by all line ministries and government machineries.

Similarly, Deputy Mayor of Dhangadi Sub Metropolitan City Sushila Mishra Bhatta called on the government to work for both qualitative and quantitative growth in TVET in the country that is inclusive and accessible to all, relevant and linked with job practice in the labour market. She said that if such a feat is achieved then the trend of large number of Nepalese youths heading abroad for better employment and earning opportunities would be greatly reduced as they would see good prospects in the country itself.

Meanwhile, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Education Dr Dilli Ram Rimal briefed some 80 participants (mostly comprising of ward chairpersons of the local government as well as TVET providers and private sector representatives) gathered at the workshop held to solicit their feedbacks to review and reform the existing TVET Policy 2012.

Dr. Rimal informed the gathering that similar policy dialogues and consultations conducted in other provinces of the country resulted in local representatives there calling for the need to deliver TVET programmes through a one-door system in order enhance coordination between various line ministries and ensure inclusive and quality TVET assessable to all. He said that the suggestions gathered from the ongoing policy dialogue exercise will help do away with duplication of the skill training the government and its entities provide and enhance their effectiveness.

The event saw a very interactive discussion with elected officials of local bodies and private sector representatives saying that government needs to mold the TVET programmes to help modernize and industrialize the agriculture sector of the country so that the latter can gainfully employ more Nepalis.

Under Secretary at MoE Dr. Mukunda Mani Khanal, CTEVT Deputy Director Jai Krishna Poudel, District Education Officer Ganesh Bahadur Singh and other government officials also made their respective presentations and remarks on different aspects of TVET in Nepal, including TVET fund and the need for inclusive and effective TVET policy for the economic development of the country.

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