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Vocational education department pledges ongoing support for students

The labour market now needs workers with vocational skills to support business, and the Technical and Vocational Education Department is a key ingredient in building the pool of skilled workers.
The department under the Ministry of Education and Sports has continually assisted vocational education development plans for 2017-18 by further supporting students who have finished lower and upper secondary schools to study for higher levels in vocational education programmes, covering 60 percent of graduates.
This was the message reported at an annual conference for technical and vocational education training held yesterday in Vientiane, chaired by Deputy Minister of Education and Sports, Associate Prof. Dr Kongsy Sengmany.
During the meeting, Director of the Technical and Vocational Education Department, Mr Nouphan Outsa highlighted key achievements in technical and vocational education sectors in the 2016-17 academic year, including construction and upgrades of facilities such as school buildings and students dormitories.
The department has been supporting businesses to contribute to vocational education development, developed vocational programmes and training, and teachers have been improving their skills to support high-quality teaching.
This year, some Lao vocational education professionals have received scholarships to study one-year master degrees abroad to improve their knowledge of management in the sector.
They will come back to work in Laos and improve vocational teacher pre- and in-service training and curricula as well as research and innovation in the field of vocational education.
According to Mr Nouphan, more than 63,900 students were studying at state and private technical and vocational education institutions in the 2016-17 academic year in Laos.
Some 2,140 teachers are teaching at government institutes with 2,762 teachers teaching in the private sector.
There are more than 23 government and 73 private vocational schools in the country under the Technical and Vocational Education Department, Ministry of Education and Sports.
In the 2017-18 academic year, more than 18,300 new students are studying in vocational education programmes, an 18 percent increased compared to last year.
Technical and vocational education institutions have also been divided into a number of main speciality sections, including automotive, machinery, electro-electronics, welding-plumbing, heavy equipment and agro-machinery areas.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
December 7,

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