Gov't increases budget for technical programme in secondary schools
The Education Ministry has increased by $30 million or 25 per cent, the budget to fund the provision of support materials for the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme in secondary schools.
Chief education officer, Dr Grace McLean says about $150 million has been set aside for the current 2015-2016 financial year for the provision of equipment and other support required for TVET.
This is up from $120 million for the last financial year.
Dr McLean says schools will get additional financial support through grants and other benefits.
TVET represents the latest attempt by the Government to infuse technical training in schools to help students become more marketable.
The Education Ministry says starting in 2017, all students must take a technical or vocational subject in external examinations.