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BESUT: In line with current industry needs, the education ministry will introduce more high technology and high value programmes at several community colleges nationwide.

Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said high technology-based courses would increase the market value of students who were less interested in academic studies and more inclined towards skills.

"The problem of youths...who are not interested in academic studies but are capable in skills, this is what we are tackling in the community colleges," he told reporters after officiating the Besut Community College located in the Baitul Ehsan Building here today.

Idris said examples of high technology courses which were offered at the Besut Community College were Computer Aided Design and Drafting (oil and gas), and 3D Animation which used the AutoDesk software.

He said the colleges had joint ventures with several relevant agencies to strengthen the courses offered.

Idris said graduates of the Community Colleges currently enjoyed more than 91 per cent employability and could meet the national target.

He said the ministry would build 10 community colleges nationwide and planned for 50 more under the 11th Malaysia Plan.

Beginning with 10 in 2001, there are currently 80 community colleges in the country. -- BERNAMA

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