The Ministry of Federal Education and Provincial Training has decided to allow technical and vocational training where no classroom teaching is involved.
With the emergence of COVID-19, technical and vocational training (TVET) institutes were also closed w.e.f 13th March 2020 along with formal education institutes. Since then, technical and vocational training is on hold in the country.
After witnessing an improvement in the COVID-19 situation, the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training convened an interprovincial TVET Ministerial Conference to discuss the possibility of gradual resumption of TVET in the country. All the provinces along with AJK and GB participated in the meeting and the matter was discussed in detail.
It was recommended that technical and vocational training is not necessarily conducted in the classrooms but there are many fields where training is delivered outside the classrooms, in open space and factory premises.
For instance construction-related training as heavy machinery operators, heavy vehicle driving do not need classroom teaching. Similarly, some training takes place at the factory premises and since almost all industry has opened up, therefore it is necessary to resume training to fulfill their skilled workforce requirements.
Therefore, it was recommended that training can be resumed where classroom teaching is not involved by ensuring strict observance of COVID-19 precautionary SOPs. Considering the recommendation received from the provinces in the TVET sector, the Ministry of Federal Education and Provincial Training has decided to allow technical and vocational training that doesn’t involve classrooms considering the recommendation.
All technical and vocational training where classroom teaching is an integral part of the training will resume only when formal educational institutes will reopen, as per the decision of the Government of Pakistan.