The widening gap between skills imparted by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) systems and the rapidly changing demands of the work place has been a growing concern in many member countries. This prompted most member governments including Maldives to prioritize competency-based training (CBT) and assessment which has been widely accepted as significant in developing abilities and potentials of people that will help them have access to work opportunities that are compatible with their abilities.
Recognizing the importance of providing quality TVET programs in addressing increasing unemployment rate in the country, various initiatives were undertaken by the government of Maldives to look into the country’s education and training, with particular focus on competency-based training development. In assisting Maldives in improving quality of TVET systems through introducing CBT, the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC) in cooperation with the Ministry of Human Resources, Youth and Sports (MHRYS), Maldives, held an In-Country program on Competency-Based Training and Assessment from June 12 to 16, 2011at Maldives Polytechnic, Male’, Maldives.
Twenty-three(23) participants comprised of principals, heads of training divisions, curriculum developers, and TVET teachers in Maldives attended the program to enhance their understanding on concepts and methodology of competency-based training (CBT)and assessment for TVET system. They also gained knowledge and skills in applying DACUM approach to CBT, developing CBT training package in TVET system and facilitating preparation of action plan to have a special vision for CBT and assessment for TVET system.
High-ranking government officials of Maldives such as the Hon. Ali Hashim, Minister of Finance and Treasury, Economic Affairs and Policy Planning and the Minister of State for Education, Dr. Ahmed Ali Maniku inaugurated the program. They expressed appreciation to the organizers of the program for conducting a very relevant and timely program which is expected to bring beneficial economic and social impacts to their country.
Mr. Mohamed Hashim, Deputy CEO, Maldives Polytechnic, Maldives also welcomed participants and encouraged them to fully utilize the learning they would gain from the program to be able to enhance the country’s TVET system and thus contribute to finding solution to the growing unemployment in the country. Other distinguished guests including Ms. Shafiya Zubair, President, MIVET Advisory Council, MIVET, Maldives graced the opening and closing program.
Prof. Rajesh P. Khambayat, Ph.D., CPSC Officer-in-Charge and Program Coordinator emphasized, during the inaugural ceremony, the significance of CBT and Assessment as a powerful and effective method in bridging the gap between education and the world of work, as well as between TVET School and society. On behalf of CPSC, he expressed deep gratitude to the government officials of Maldives for their strong support to the program and wished that the program would effectively contribute to closing the gap between the industry and education and make TVET systems truly responsive to the requirements of the world of work.
As Resource Person, Dr. Khambayat discussed the following key components of CBT in TVET: Identification of Competencies: Techniques for Occupational Analysis; DACUM, Development of Competency Standards; Competency-based Assessment; and Development of Learning Package: Content, Structure and Methodologies. Mr. Adam Haleem, Training and Development Specialist, Fuana Inn, Hulhumale’, Maldives, shared his insights on the emerging challenges and issues in TVET in Maldives.
Ms. Mariyam Noordeen, Asst. Executive Director, MHRYS and Program Local Coordinator and Ms. Mabrooka Shukry, Senior Project Officer, TVET, MHRYS facilitated local preparations for the program.
Positive evaluation and encouraging feedback in the overall implementation of the program were generated from the participants.