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50 Years Of Technical Education In Singapore

Author: N Varaprasad
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814699616
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This book describes in vivid detail how a newly independent nation with neither a history of technical education nor industry, developed in a short period of time a world-class system of technical and vocational education that helped it make rapid progress in its manufacturing and industrial sector. The economy and the education sector both developed in parallel, with each complementing the other, utilizing strategies and making the decisions that were to bring the country quickly to advanced status. Studies show that premature investment in higher education at the expense of technical and vocational education has created many leaders but few doers, leading to high unemployment. The Singapore Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) story demonstrates how governmental support helped changed the image of technical and vocational education to one equal with higher education, yet including bridges and ladders to allow everyone to maximize their potential. Contents:The Colonial LegacyThe Adrenalin of IndependenceVocational Training Takes OffThe Role of the Economic Development Board in Technical EducationPolytechnics Come of AgeThe Transformation of TVETThe Labour Movement and Worker UpgradingConnecting TVET with Higher EducationPreparing for a Skills-Based FutureKey Lessons for Policy-Makers Readership: Professional researchers, government officials, as well as the general public.