PRESS STATEMENT – 5TH AUGUST 2015
ASIA-PACIFIC CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AND TRAINING (ACET) 2015
3 – 5 AUGUST 2015 (Day 3)

The last day of The Asia Pacific Conference on Education and Training (ACET) 2015 continued with the welcoming address and overview of Day 2’s session presented by Mr Borhene Chakroun, Chief of the UNESCO Section for TVET at UNESCO Headquarters. The participants deliberated the content of the Kuala Lumpur Declaration – Quality Education and Skills Development for Sustainable Future which took into account the developments made in TVET in the region since the Third International Congress on TVET 2012 held in Shanghai.

The Kuala Lumpur Declaration called for eight (8) recommendations. These are to:
1. Enhance the quality of TVET and its relevance to the changing needs of the world of work;
2. Ensure inclusive and equitable TVET;
3. Expand lifelong learning opportunities through TVET;
4. Integrate greening skills for sustainable development in TVET programmes;
5. Adapt qualifications systems to facilitate learning and career pathways;
6. Strengthen governance and increase investment in TVET;
7. Leverage the potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for TVET; and
8. Foster regional integration and labour mobility.

The conference also called upon member states to implement the action framework for TVET development in the Asia Pacific and pledged continued commitment to TVET and skills development in this region.

In a press conference after the adoption of the declaration, The Honourable Deputy Minister of Higher Education Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching highlighted that this was a historic event for Malaysia as the Kuala Lumpur Declaration was unanimously accepted by the participants of the conference. The preparation of the declaration itself underwent a comprehensive and rigorous process as it involved input from ministers and high ranking officials of the member states and the participants of the conference.

The Ministry of Education and the Minister of Higher Education Malaysia are committed towards the implementation of the recommendations for TVET in the Kuala Lumpur Declaration as they are in alignment with TVET initiatives in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025, the Higher Education Blueprint 2015-2025 and the 11th Malaysia Plan 2016-2020.

The session continued with the discussion on the next steps after ACET 2015 and outlined concrete actions at regional and national levels to implement the recommendations proposed in the declaration. The participants agreed that member states need to foster stronger collaborations in the effort to implement these recommendations.

In her closing speech, The Honourable Deputy Minister of Higher Education Datuk Mary Yap supported the call for member states to promote sharing of experiences, knowledge and peer learning through regional organisations, platforms and networks. She emphasised Malaysia’s commitment to implement the initiatives for TVET and for Malaysia to play a greater role in the transformation of TVET in this region.

Ministry of Education Malaysia and Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia
4 August 2015