Nobel method urged to check on dropouts

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 30, 2014-

Experts have called for an immediate need to improve the perception of vocational training from a “profession” for high-school dropouts to an “innovative enterprise.”

They, however, admitted that improving the image of vocational training will be an uphill task.

“Unfortunately, both students and their parents tend to see technical education and vocational training as the last option,” said Poshan KC, senior technical advisor at SAMARTH, a DFID-funded rural market development programme, during a recent interation programme held at the Capital.

Technical education and vocational training also suffers from a gap between market demands (both national and international demands) and labour supply. As a result, even those who receive vocational trainings are unable to find well-paid jobs.

“Trainees also find little opportunities to grow as technical experts in terms of formal qualifications and career progression,” said Tanka Nath Sharma, dean of education at Kathmandu University. Sharma emphasised the need for the generation of a cycle in which trainees start an enterprise after the training, grow in their respective careers, earn well and use that earning to invest in further trainings.  

Speakers at the programme also lamented that although the country promulgated a technical education and vocational training policy in 2012, it has no long-term plan about empowering the youths and utilising their talent and energy.

The respective departments within the government also fail at disseminating information and opportunities and uplifting the image of the vocational training in general, the speakers at the programme said.  

Samuel Bon, the Chief Executive Officer of Swisscontact, an international non-governmental organisation that encourages entrepreneurship, and also the organiser of the discussion, said that vocational enterprises were the economic cushions in Switzerland and Germany when the rest of Europe and the Western world saw an economic depression in 2008.  

“Nepal has to change its cultural perception of small, real enterprise. In our country, a master in any profession, carpenting or plumbing, is somebody and everyone respects them for who they are,” said Bon.

Published: 01-07-2014 08:54

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