Authors : Ruhizan M. Yasin, Asnul Dahar Minghat and Saemah Rahman
Abstract: Developing a high-quality education system in Malaysia is among the countrys top priorities. The architects of this system are focused on developing human capital that is experienced, skilled, progressive and exhibits high moral and ethical values. The Education Development Master Plan 2006 to 2010, adopted by the Malaysian Ministry of Education, introduced 22 electives for Vocational Subjects (VS) in the secondary-school curriculum to help students develop vocational skills that will prepare them for skilled and semi-skilled work after they have completed school. It is hoped that the use of these skills will expedite the economic development of Malaysia. This study identifies the key elements that support the sustainability of VSs in secondary schools in Malaysia based on the strategies outlined by the International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, an organisation based in Bonn, Germany. The study which used methods developed by the Delphi group was undertaken with 12 experts in the field of technical vocational education. An interview and questionnaire were used and. The findings revealed 16 elements that contributed to the framework. These elements are creativity, innovation, networks and partnerships, staff development programmes, teaching methods, generic skills, industrial relations and internships, counselling, entrepreneurship, information and communication technology skills, interest, recognition, knowledge, competency-based training, articulation and the commitment of management. Researchers argue that all these elements are necessary for the sustainability of the subject which further will enhance sustainable development efforts nationally and globally.
Ruhizan M. Yasin, Asnul Dahar Minghat and Saemah Rahman, 2013. Sustainable Development Elements in the Vocational-Subjects Coursework of the Malaysian Secondary-School Curriculum. Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 8: 388-392.