Creating jobs for youths through vocational education is government’s top priority

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The role of vocational education is expanding worldwide. Only when vocational education is developed in a country, there will be better livelihoods and living standards for its people.
Myanmar’s vocational education sector needs more development since it guarantees a job and income upon completion. A person with no income may upset the peace and stability of their community which is why creating jobs is a top priority of the Union Government.
It does not mean that we are not looking down on higher education but wishes for everyone to understand that vocational training is as valuable as a college or university degree.
It is critical that people should also focus on vocational studies that will make them job makers and not job seekers. This is the way we should go in an attempt to fulfill the growing skill requirements of a demanding labour market.
Students and parents are urged to value vocational education because Myanmar society normally appreciates university education rather than vocational education. Vocational education is regarded as second-class in Myanmar.
Some of the most developed countries in the world such as Switzerland, Sweden, and Germany have progressive vocational education systems that are on par with university education, and the Myanmar government is working towards a similar goal.
In order to achieve this goal, more young people should be encouraged to undertake vocational education to get jobs.
Today, an increasingly technology-based economy calls for unprecedented suppleness and adaptability on the part of those charged with producing a capable workforce.
In order to ensure greater job opportunities, the government training and vocational institutions have been further strengthened in Insein, Pyin-Oo-Lwin and Kyaitlatt. In addition, the Singapore- Myanmar Vocational Training Institute (SMVTI), the Nyaung Shwe Vocational Training Institute(NVTI) and the Nay Pyi Taw English Proficiency Training School were further introduced.
Similarly, before 2021, the government will open 36 technical institutes, government technical high-schools and vocational training schools, along with an increase of 2,933 teachers. Two-year educational colleges will be advanced to four-year degree colleges.
During the last three financial years, the education budget has been gradually increased. In the 2016/17 financial year, the budget was 1,726 billion Kyat; in the 2017/18 financial year, the education budget was 1,756 billion Kyat; and in the 2018/19 financial year there will be an increase to 2,175 billion Kyat in expenditure.
The increase in budget will surely benefit vocational training for human resource development.
It is high time parents, students and the public started regarding vocational studies as a priority and a sustainable lifelong undertaking.

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