Experts urge govt to promote vocational training

Published On: November 22, 2016 09:24 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Nov 22: Education experts have urged the government to come up with a clear plan in promoting technical skills in the country, arguing that other South Asian countries have already moved ahead by setting their respective strategic targets. 

Speaking at a program organized by Support to Knowledge and Lifelong Learning Skills, a program run with the support of United Nations Development Program, former education secretary Janardan Nepal said there was no institutional structure to implement learning skills. 

Former secretary Nepal, who is also national consultant of the Review of the Technical Vocational Education and Training Policy, further stated that technical education and trainings were not prioritized although there was clear policy about involving private sector to promote technical education.  He suggested to the government to design training manuals, curriculum for industrialists, employers and other concerned stakeholders before conducting phase-wise trainings. 

"Youths are going aboard seeking job without training or professional skills," he said.
Another former Education Secretary Mahashram Sharma stressed to improve technical educations and vocational trainings. “Private sector has a key role to promote technical skills and trainings and entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, the private sector has appeared very weak to do the same,” said Sharma.

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