In an effort to benchmark best practices of incorporating TVET in Basic Secondary Education, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) engaged the Colombo Plan Staff College to facilitate a Study Visit for the senior officials of Sri Lanka's Ministry of Education in Malaysia from September 18 to 24, 2016.
The study visit focused on the following aspects identified in the project: improving the technology curriculum, learning-teaching process, conducting practical applications at the senior secondary level and integrating the school technology streams with the overall TVET system of other countries.
The specific objectives of the ADB project include the following:
- To gain awareness on technical education in other countries;
- To observe best practices in school level technology education and its integration with the wider TVET sector;
- To observe the curricula, teaching learning processes and the conduct of practical session and evaluation of students at school level that could assist to improve the present Sri Lankan system of education;
- To benchmark methodologies of teacher education and training for technology teachers;
- To learn about career pathways and the transition of school to career.
The delegation was composed of the following nine senior officials: Ms. B L D Balasuriya, Director, Ministry of Education (MOE); Ms. H I D D Hettiarachchi, Assistant Director, MOE; Ms. T D Ariyaratna, Assistant Director, MOE; Mr. N T K Lokuliyana, Director, National Institute of Education, MOE; Ms. G K Gamage, Assistant Director, National Institutions of Education, MOE; Mr. Nihal Alahakoon, Assistant Director, Central Provincial Council, MOE; Mr. T Lenin Arivalakan, Assistant Director, Northern Provincial Council, MOE; Mr. T A D D Premerathne, Director, Department of National Planning, Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs; and Mr. Herathbanda Jayasundra, Associate Project Officer, Sri Lanka Resident Mission, ADB.
The Sri Lankan officials visited key institutions in Malaysia which are directly engaged in TVET and Basic Secondary Education sectors. CPSC Faculty Consultant Dr. Zulkifli Zakaria facilitated the visits to the following institutions: Technical and Vocational Education Division of the Ministry of Education Malaysia; Sekolah Menengah Teknik Kuala Lumpur (SMTKL); Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM); Politeknik Nilai (PNS); and Kolej Vokasional Sepang (KVS). The Department of Polytechnic Education (DPE), through Mr. Hj. Azizi Bin Lin and Pn. Noor Aidi Nadzri, was also very generous to share information about the Malaysian education system to the delegation.
The study visit ended on a high note with the delegation and Dr. Zulkifli, discussing the learnings and inputs as they prepare the action plan when they return to Sri Lanka.
This activity was part of ADB's technical assistance to the Government of Sri Lanka, titled Human Capital Development Capacity and Implementation Support.