LAHORE: Just a day after announcing admissions for the first ever technical and vocational university, the Punjab government has said it will start similar education on the school level.
This was revealed by Secretary Schools Education Dr Allah Bakshs Malik during a meeting with a Chinese delegation from the Tianjin University of Technical Education. The delegation was headed by TUTE Vice President Yan Bing. As many as 39 comprehensive schools would be converted into vocational and technical institutes in this regard, he said.
Secretary Schools Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik said the government has decided to introduce technical and vocational education at the school level, adding it would be introduced as a subject from class VI in the public sector institutes.
Meanwhile, 39 comprehensive high schools in different districts of the province will be converted into vocational training institutes. He said the initiative would facilitate the youth and the students would be able to earn their livelihood in an honourable way by learning technical skills.
Dr Allah Bakhsh said the importance of technical and vocational education was getting increasing by the day.
“There is a dire need to have a well-trained workforce in the country. This will open up many new employment opportunities for the students. The initiative will facilitate the youth and the students will be able to earn their livelihood by learning different skills,” he said.
The Chinese delegation also visited Comprehensive Girls High School Bhaikaywal and Government Pilot High School for Boys on Wahdat Road. The aim of their visit was to establish a mechanism for the training of school faculties, promotion of research and development of a curriculum. Chinese experts will also train the teachers so that they can impart quality education to their students.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 6th, 2017.