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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today that it is important to impart knowledge and skills that will boost the capabilities of the local workforce. Pic by NSTP/HAIRUL ANUAR RAHIM
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today that it is important to impart knowledge and skills that will boost the capabilities of the local workforce. Pic by NSTP/HAIRUL ANUAR RAHIM

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Education Ministry's current focus on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) will produce a large pool of skilled and semi-skilled Malaysian workers, and reduce the country’s dependency on foreign skilled workers.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today that it is important to impart knowledge and skills that will boost the capabilities of the local workforce.

"I thank Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, who has given focus to TVET, as this will greatly help in creating a workforce of skilled, and semi-skilled (capable Malaysian workers).

"We do not want such workers to continually be sourced from other countries. We can learn from the best from other countries, but we must have our own pool of skilled and semi-skilled workers," he said when opening the national-level Teacher's Day celebration at EduCity Sports Complex here.

On a related issue, Zahid said Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) must work together with schools in crime prevention initiatives, and this includes making sure gangsterism and other criminal elements are not present among school-going students.

He added that the Education Ministry must also look into improving mastery of the national language among all school students.

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