“I believe that only when the level of vocational skills increases will the livelihoods of citizens improve. Education, in reality, is an ability that allows one to stand up to and overcome the obstacles in life. In our world, the importance of vocational skills increases day by day,” State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi told the technical and vocational education and training forum in Nay Pyi Taw on July 15.
Vocational education is crucial to our society.
Analysts point to the large numbers of unemployed graduates or those with low skills due to years of experimental educational systems under successive governments.
The problem of being unable to receive basic education and later to transform education into skills, exists nationally. As a response, out-of-school and free education systems were implemented and developed. But they still require more effort to fill gaps where the official system has failed.
In relieving poverty, vocational education is key to gradually increasing employment opportunities. According to data from surveys and official statements, most who people come to job fairs are aged between 18 and 25. And the numbers increase each year. Most are interested in positions within banks or marketing and administrative roles. According to work.com.mm, an online job portal, men make up 57 per cent of those looking for work. The telecommunication and construction sectors rank top in providing employment opportunities.
The Daily Eleven urges for more attention to be paid to vocational education which will provide employment security and help reduce income inequality.